The third major event taking place in the month of February is National Donor Day. There are waiting lists full of people in need of a lifesaving organ, blood transfusion, or other transplants and this day is designed to help raise awareness for how becoming an organ donor can save lives.
February 14 – National Donor Day
Most people associate February 14th with Valentine’s Day, but it is also National Donor Day. This day is designed to help raise awareness for organ, eye, tissue, marrow, platelet, and blood donations. There are nearly 120,000 patients on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant and many others in need of blood or platelet donations. If you intend to be an organ donor, others will need to know. When you select one of our medical identification products, be sure to utilize one of your lines of engraving to inform others of your desires. It is also essential to include this information on your emergency medical card and as part of your data on your portable USB.
As of August 2017, there are 116,000 men, women, and children on the national transplant waiting list and 20 people will die each day waiting for a transplant. In the United States, 95% of support organ donation, however only 54% have signed up as donors. If you are interested in becoming an organ donor, it is essential to express your desires with your doctor and family to take the next steps. Only three in every 1,000 people will die in a way that allows for organ donation, so it is critical for those in need that anyone interested in donating sign up.
Shop online at Universal Medical Data today for a variety of engraved medical ID products to display and store your important donor-related information.