the non-profit, federally designated organ, eye and tissue recovery
organization serving the seven-county greater Los Angeles area,
announced a new annual benchmark for U.S. organ recovery organizations
with 1,374 organs recovered and transplanted and a record 2,044 eye
and tissue donors in 2013.
"In 2013, donors and their families cared for by OneLegacy gave a record
number of life-saving organs to patients awaiting transplants in
California, throughout the nation, and even in Canada when there were no
matches with U.S. patients," announced Tom Mone, chief executive officer
of OneLegacy. "This accomplishment was achieved thanks to the decisions
by individuals and families to give life to others, as well as
OneLegacy's implementation of innovative donor management techniques
that enabled the successful transplant of more organs from each donor to
better serve transplant centers and their patients."
Last year, OneLegacy
recovered organs from a total of 422 deceased donors, the
second highest in its history. The organization made enormous strides in
helping each donor save as many lives as possible, reaching 3.26
organs transplanted per donor, five percent higher than the U.S.
average. Mone attributed this development to the use of an
intensivist consultation program that has made lungs and hearts more
viable for transplant. The 172 hearts transplanted represented an
increase of 38 percent after three years of virtually no gains, and the
247 lungs transplanted was up 28 percent in one year with both hearts
and lungs transplant rates 40 percent higher than U.S. averages.
OneLegacy also set a record for the organization by recovering tissue
and corneas from 2,044 donors. Patients nationwide can be thankful
for tissue donors who provided skin used for abdominal repairs and burn
dressings, bone to repair fractures and prevent amputation, heart valves
to repair life-threatening defects, tendons to repair major knee
injuries, veins for cardiac bypass surgery, and corneas to end blindness.
Driving OneLegacy's organ recovery activity was an organ
authorization rate of 71 percent, the second-highest in the
organization's history. With seven out of ten organ donation
opportunities authorized either by the individual (through donor
designation, primarily via the California DMV) or the donor's family,
Southland residents expressed their generosity in the most profound of
ways: with a living legacy to those in need.
The most marked increase in authorization rate was among African
Americans, a community with high rates of organ failure but where
donation is frequently viewed with mistrust. The African American
authorization rate of 75 percent is up five points since last year and
17 points (nearly 30 percent) in two years. The Caucasian
population also saw a significant increase in donation rates, from 78 to
89 percent in one year.
The authorization rate among the two other major ethnic groups
decreased, however. The rate among Latinos decreased from 72 to 68
percent, while the rate among Asians also decreased from a record high
of 58 percent in 2012 to 48 percent last year, with both results heavily
influenced by the language and cultural issues associated with recent
immigration, as identified in a demographic study conducted for
OneLegacy by researchers at Cal Poly Pomona and Loma Linda University.
Seeking to increase donation rates throughout the region's large and
challengingly diverse population, OneLegacy is preparing to launch a
major multicultural community development initiative supported by media
and led by six full-time employees. The initiative will focus on holding
the exceptional gains among African Americans and Caucasians and
inspiring Latino and Asian communities - especially first-generation
immigrants who are less familiar with the process - to understand the
value that donation provides to both recipients and donor families.
Notably, over 40 percent of organ, eye and tissue donors recovered
through OneLegacy's stewardship were authorized by the Donate
Life California Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, which counts over
10.7 million registered donors statewide.
With more than 200 hospitals, 10 transplant centers and a diverse
population of nearly 20 million, OneLegacy is the largest organ, eye and
tissue recovery organization in the world. For more information, call
OneLegacy at (800) 786-4077 or visit www.onelegacy.org.
(Editor's note: See attached for OneLegacy performance statistics)
OneLegacy Performance, 2000-2013
Source: OneLegacy data.OneLegacy service area: Kern, Los
Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura
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