The deed of organ donation is among the best things you can do to save humanity. If you have pledged to it or are planning to do so and you want to know how does an organ donation work, then you should read the following steps.

Death

The process of organ donation usually begins when a person is near death like a person has suffered a trauma. In such cases, a medical team will work with you to ensure that you recover and get well.

Referral

In case the doctors are unable to help a person and two independent doctors confirm that a person is brain dead, the family might take the person off the mechanical support and request the hospital to go forward with the organ donation process.  The hospital would then refer the patient to the local OPO, i.e., the organ procurement organization.

Evaluation

In this stage, the medical staff at the POP will determine whether organ donation is feasible or not. It will likely be feasible if the donor meets certain criteria like he or she didn’t have a deadly medical condition and followed a healthy lifestyle.

Approach

If the donor is considered eligible, the family of the donor is asked to check whether the deceased signed up to be a donor or not. If yes, the next steps follow. If not, the family will decide whether the next steps should be taken or not.

The Final Stage

In this stage, some tests are done, and then procedures are performed to recover organs. After the recovery is complete, a match is found by using a national waiting list by the UNOS and a life is saved. Then, the family of the donor is allowed to make funeral arrangements and say goodbye to a loved one.