Deceased seniors or people who have suffered cardiac death
represent a pool of potential organ donors that could reduce wait times
for those who need organs, a new Canadian report says.
Each year, about 500 Canadians who die in hospital donate their
organs to help those waiting, but those donors may represent only a
third of those who are clinically eligible to donate, the Canadian
Institute for Health Information says. The report focuses on how to convert potential donors into real donors.
Among the provinces, Quebec had the highest deceased organ donor
conversion rate in Canada at 21 per cent, compared with the lowest rates
in Manitoba and Saskatchewan at 10 per cent each.