The following information is intended to provide you with information on the process of donation.
If you have any questions or would like further explanation on this section, please call Iowa Donor Network at 800-831-4131.
I understand and authorize the following as indicated by my signature for authorization on my donor registration.
Donation requires a physician’s declaration of death and my decision to help others through donation. There is no cost to the family or estate for anything related to donation. All hospital charges unrelated to donation, as well as funeral expenses, remain the responsibility of the family or estate.
The privacy and the confidentiality of the donor and the decision for donation is respected. Information is only shared with those individuals and organizations involved in the donation process; this includes hospital and transplantation staff, the funeral provider and the medical examiner’s office. Copies of medical records, the death certificate, and the autopsy report, if there is one, are obtained and reviewed.
Part of the donor evaluation process requires transmissible disease testing. These tests are performed to ensure the safety of transplant recipients. Iowa laws require that positive confirmed tests be reported to the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services. Other evaluative tests, procedures and biopsies may also be performed.
The placement of organs, eyes, and tissues is directed by local, state, and federal guidelines and transplantation standards. At times, tissue may be sent to help people in other countries. Through medical breakthroughs, recovered tissue can be reshaped and reformed to accommodate a variety of transplant needs. Also, in order to benefit the greatest number of recipients, both nonprofit and for-profit organizations may be involved in the process.
The work of recovery in the donation process is performed with care and does not normally interfere with funeral arrangements. Donation includes the careful restoration of the donor. Bruising and swelling are rare but can occur. For tissue donation, the donor may be transported to a donation facility for recovery procedures. The medical examiner’s office determines if an evaluation or autopsy is necessary and if any restrictions regarding the donation process are required. Following the recovery of anatomical gifts and the medical examiner’s evaluation (if applicable), funeral plans and/or other arrangements may proceed.