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Causes: Health, Organ & Tissue Banks

Mission: Working together to transform lives through organ and tissue donation.

Programs: Organ and tissue recoveryidn is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that operates as the primary contact for organ, tissue and eye donation services in the state of iowa. The centers for medicare and medicaid services has certified idn to function as the single organ procurement organization serving the state of iowa. Idn also provides tissue recovery services. In 2014, organ recovery services generated $11,284,848 in revenues while tissue recovery services contributed $9,078,712 toward revenues. Idn works with more than 100 hospitals across the state. It also works closely with the iowa lions eye bank to promote eye donation. In keeping with its goals, idn engages in many interrelated activities: organ and tissue recovery, organ distribution, public education and awareness activities, hospital and community donor referral development, and donor family care and follow-up services. An idn donation coordinator manages the identification, evaluation and medical maintenance of organ and tissue donors. This includes, assisting or performing the surgical recovery of organs and tissues, and coordinating the placement and transportation of recovered organs. Idn also works with iowa lions eye bank to facilitate eye donation and recovery. Idn was the 7th donation service area in the united states to develop a donor registry and enact first person consent legislation. The registry, combined with legislation, allows iowans to legally consent to organ and tissue donation prior to death. This process alleviates the stress on surviving family members of trying to make a donation decision at a very difficult time, during the loss of a loved one. Idn has been recognized by hrsa as a top performer in organ recovery. Iowa donor network is fully accredited by the association of organ procurement organizations and the american association of tissue banks. In 2014, idn received more than 35,000 calls from iowa hospitals and other health care and community agencies referring potential organ and tissue donors. In 2014, iowa donor network provided life-saving organs to waiting recipients from 60 donors. In addition, life-saving and life-enhancing tissue was recovered from 982 tissue donors. Iowa donor network provided grief support to more than 1,000 iowa families who have lost a loved one and made the generous decision to donate.

hospital development, public education, and donor family servicesidn is committed to meeting all hospitals' educational needs regarding donation. This includes: training in the identification, referral and management of organ donors, sensitivity and timing for approaching potential donor families with the option of donation, responsibility in the operating room for recoveries and discussions concerning authorization for donation. The tissue recovery process is performed by idn staff while organ recovery is done by trained, idn affiliated transplant surgeons. Every hospital, medical examiner's office, dmv office, and ems program in iowa has an assigned idn representative whose job it is to make sure that personnel know how and when to contact idn for donation assistance. In 2014, idn staff conducted over 150 formal continuing education programs for nursing and allied health staff as well as greater than 400 informal education sessions within the hospitals and community agencies. Idn staff work with hospitals and assigned agencies to develop protocols or policies and procedures related to referral for organ and tissue donation. Other duties include: meeting with hospital/ agency leadership and personnel to engage support for organ and tissue donation, follow-up after each organ referral and follow-up with staff after each organ or tissue recovery. Idn has a department with trained staff dedicated to providing donor family care services at the time of crisis and for a period of up to 24 months following donation if so desired by the donor next-of-kin. Idn's public education focus is to increase donation awareness and acceptance. With data from the iowa donor registry, this effort is focused on regions of the state (counties) with lower than average donor registrations. Activities and promotions are organized and conducted by idn's public outreach staff, with the help of volunteers and contracted advertising and pr agencies. Public education includes: presentations to civic groups, work places, driver's education and special events. In 2014, iowa had approximately 1. 7 million residents signed up to the iowa donor registry. The registry captures the authorization of anyone in the state wishing to be a donor. In 2014, there were over 200 hours of public education given to the residents of iowa. Idn provides resources to volunteer organizations and support groups throughout iowa: these groups are composed of people waiting for transplant, donor family members, recipients and other concerned individuals. Idn is associated with several professional organizations at the national level, including the north american transplant coordinatiors organization, the association of organ procurement organizations, the american society for multicultural health and transplant professionals, the american association of tissue banks and the united network for organ sharing. In cooperation with the guidelines set forth by these professional associations and governing bodies, along with the transplant centers across the country, donated organs are allocated equitably to transplant patients according to national distribution regulations.

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