Organ donation after death on the rise in Canada, helping to ease some waiting lists, study finds

But rates of donations from living donors have declined, leaving many waiting for kidney transplants

(Canadian Press) — A new report says the rate of organ donations from deceased people has risen substantially over the last decade in Canada, while the rate for living donors has declined.

The data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and Canadian Blood Services show that the number of organs donated after death increased by 42 per cent.

A big part of that increase is due to organs from patients “who have experienced circulatory death — meaning their hearts have permanently stopped beating — and neurological death — meaning their brain has permanently lost all function,” said a news release issued on Thursday.

Those donations have helped many patients waiting for organ transplants, said Greg Webster, CIHI’s director of acute and ambulatory care information services in the release.

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“In particular, we’re starting to see a decrease in the number of patients on wait lists for lung and liver transplants, which is a very good sign for patients and the health-care system as a whole,” Webster said. (…)

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