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TERMS AND TOPICS
Allocation—The process of determining how organs are distributed.
Brain Death—Brain death occurs when the brain is totally and irreversibly non-functional. Brain death is caused by not enough blood supply of oxygen which causes the brain cells to die.
Candidate—A patient who has been placed on the National Waiting List for solid organ transplantation.
MORE STATISTICS & FACTS
OPTN (Organ Procurement Transplant Network)
Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients
Site for transplant professionals
The Need Is Real: Data
During your visit to organdonor.gov someone may have been added to the waiting list. It happens every 10 minutes.
Each day, an average of 79 people receive organ transplants. However, an average of 18 people die each day waiting for transplants that can't take place because of the shortage of donated organs.
Organ transplantation has become an accepted medical treatment for end-stage organ failure. The facts prove it. But only you can help make it happen.
Statistics can sometimes be overwhelming and difficult to understand. One thing to remember is that every number in the statistic you view is a person, a person who either needs your help and is waiting for a lifesaving transplant or a person who has left a lasting legacy through organ and tissue donation. Either way each number represents a life, a mom, a dad, a brother, a sister or a child, someone who is important to someone else, maybe even you.
Statistics change. Some change day to day and some can even change minute to minute. So you may see different numbers each time you return to organdonor.gov or some of the other sites linked from here. You may ask why this happens. There are several reasons.
One of the most confusing statistics is the number of persons waiting for a transplant. Patients are allowed to register at multiple transplant centers so you may see a higher number if you count "registrations" rather than "candidates."
Additionally, one of the great things that may happen is that donations and transplantations may be taking place at any time, so while the waiting list might continue to grow the number of donors may also rise. The reality is that the number of candidates waiting continues to dwarf the number of donor organs available, and only you can change this.
Here are some interesting facts:
The Gap Continues to Widen
Right now, there are more than enough people waiting for an organ to fill a large football stadium twice over.
Data from optn.transplant.hrsa.gov and OPTN/SRTR Annual Report.