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#1 Unread post by mogster » Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:13 pm

I have been attending a regional symposium here in the SouthWest of England about organ donation within our national health service.

The research & medical innovations are amazing. The success rates when organs are transplanted are improving consistently.

As motorcyclists we are perhaps statistically more likely to end up in an intensive care unit with life ending injuries.

Please, if you are not yet registered in your own country as a potential donor, give it good consideration & potentially save up to 7 lives.

Also as a high risk group please discuss your wishes fully & frankly with your family.

The responsibility of health professionals in this field is always toward the care & best treatment options of the potential donor, but if your life is terminated by catastrophic accident maybe your loved ones could gain comfort in donation.

Make it easier for them & register yur intent in advance.

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#2 Unread post by sunshine229 » Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:12 pm

Well said MOG!

In Canada I was a regular blood donor (every 56 days) for many years. I felt it was the least I could do. And being O+ they just loved seeing me again and again. :) Unfortunately the Canadian Blood Services doesn't like when people live in the UK longer than 6 months (it's related to BSE concern) so I don't think I can donate anymore. :( I'm going to look into plasma donations instead of whole blood... maybe that will work!
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#3 Unread post by dr_bar » Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:09 am

Consider the Bone Marrow Registry as well, make a living donation. :o)
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#4 Unread post by sunshine229 » Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:57 am

dr_bar wrote:Consider the Bone Marrow Registry as well, make a living donation. :o)
I was looking into it last night! ;) It's kind of sad, I'm already planning my life back in Canada yet it's still months away!!!
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#5 Unread post by dr_bar » Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:12 pm

sunshine229 wrote: It's kind of sad, I'm already planning my life back in Canada yet it's still months away!!!
Gee, wasn't it months away last year at this time... You ex-pats are all the same, can't wait to get back don't want to leave... LOL

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#6 Unread post by Ninja Geoff » Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:42 pm

I became a donor when I got my CDL. Figure my chances of getting hurt are pretty hog when I drive 100,000 plus miles a year. If something happens I may need an organ. And if things are bad enough, maybe someone can use one of mine.
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#7 Unread post by sapaul » Thu Dec 08, 2011 2:53 am

In South Africa if we carry a blood donor card and the paramedics see it, they will probably let us die and sell our organs to the highest bidder. Lots of our politicians need liver transplants
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#8 Unread post by Wrider » Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:12 am

I'm definitely a donor. I figure I got some decent use out of everything, might as well let someone else have a go at 'em. Plus, my liver and lungs are bound to be better than most!
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#9 Unread post by mogster » Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:05 am

sapaul wrote:In South Africa if we carry a blood donor card and the paramedics see it, they will probably let us die and sell our organs to the highest bidder.
I'm hoping this was said with humour Paul:?

On a serious note tho.....even if it is true then technically carrying a card may save your life as a "high value" donor is only going to be "worth top dollar/rand" when sustained by hi tech intensive life support otherwise the organs will not be fit for transplant!

So you see even cynics could benefit from registering :lol:
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#10 Unread post by sapaul » Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:14 am

Humour, me, never. I am always serious
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#11 Unread post by Wrider » Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:07 am

sapaul wrote:Humour, me, never. I am always serious
Seriously odd perhaps... :twisted:
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#12 Unread post by sapaul » Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:48 am

Thank you, I will take that a a compliment

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#13 Unread post by Wrider » Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:08 am

sapaul wrote:Thank you, I will take that a a compliment

who wants to be normal anyway
Exactly how it was meant, and precisely what I ask myself daily!
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#14 Unread post by storysunfolding » Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:05 pm

I'm an organ donor, but while an accident on a motorcycle is statistically more likely to be fatal than in a car, the severe trauma is often enough to rule out organ donation.

I had a similar thing happen to me regarding travels and blood donation. I'm O- so it pains me to not be able to give blood anymore.
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#15 Unread post by mogster » Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:43 pm

storysunfolding wrote:I'm an organ donor, but while an accident on a motorcycle is statistically more likely to be fatal than in a car, the severe trauma is often enough to rule out organ donation.
Gosh! Are you a "living donor"? I'm guessing....maybe a kidney for a close relative? If so hat's off to you! :cowboy:

re severe trauma - yes you are correct motorcycle accidents do sometimes unfortunately result in severe trauma, however for that very reason a victim is more likely to end up (& on life support) in intensive care which is a fundemental requirement pre donation. Also whilst not true for all of us a lot of bikers are young & fit, which means they haven't had time to ruin their organs quite as much as some of us older folks have.

I'm glad this thread is still active. Let's try & keep it going so more members & guests get a chance to think about it.
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#16 Unread post by storysunfolding » Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:01 pm

It's not about the age of the rider in regards to the ruined organ. Statistically 50+% of motorcycle fatalities in the US have drug involvement which rules out organ donation on its own. 80+% of motorcycle fatalities have such extensive trauma that no organ is viable for transplantation. So it's a nice thought, but rarely works out the way you'd like it to in the end.
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#17 Unread post by mogster » Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:18 pm

storysunfolding wrote:80+% of motorcycle fatalities have such extensive trauma that no organ is viable for transplantation.

But that's missing the point. The victim has to be "alive" to be a donor, ie have at least made it to hospital & into ITU. Out of interest what's the source of you statistics?
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#18 Unread post by storysunfolding » Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:49 pm

Department of internal medicine at Inova in Fairfax va has been tracking this information across three states for 10 years. I can't recall who their partner is on the transportation side.
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#19 Unread post by sapaul » Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:51 am

storysunfolding wrote:It's not about the age of the rider in regards to the ruined organ. Statistically 50+% of motorcycle fatalities in the US have drug involvement which rules out organ donation on its own. 80+% of motorcycle fatalities have such extensive trauma that no organ is viable for transplantation. So it's a nice thought, but rarely works out the way you'd like it to in the end.

50% have drug involvement, sho that sounds high. Does that include alcohol as a drug, or is that the other 50% :shock:
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