Collaboration Results in Strong Start to 2011
Posted July 21, 2011 in Hospital Partner News, News Category
2011 MTS Organ Activity Trends
Early results point to record-breaking year.
Over the past several years MTS has charted a steady course for excellence. By the generosity of donor families, and through the dedication of our staff and the many physicians, nurses, and partners, we continue our journey in 2011 to save even more lives.
With the number of organ donors up more than 18 % so far this year over last year, and with organs transplanted up by 34%, we are on pace to save more lives through organ donation, surpassing record-breaking numbers in 2010.
To download the YTD 2011 Status Report, click here.
Organs Transplanted Per Donor (Yield)
Overall organ yield results for 2011 are significant.
In addition, our overall organ yield — the number of organs transplanted per donor — averages 3.71 percent (Jan-June), reflecting a 10% increase over the same time frame last year and well above the national average of 3.04.
MTS works diligently to increase the overall organ yield because if we can move that statistic upward by just 1/10 of a percent, it means we have recovered 15 more organs for transplant. In 2011, the increase in yield has resulted in 75 more organs transplanted from local donors than last year — an amazing result to report!
Organ Conversion Rates
Organ conversion rates reach highest levels in MTS’s 37-year history.
So far this year, MTS’s overall organ conversion rate — the number of consented donors that were actually able to donate — stands at 88 % (Jan-June), well above the national standard of 75 %. The conversion rate among Caucasians reaches new heights at 93% — an organizational record.
We’ve also made major strides in increasing the number of African-American donations. Almost four years ago, we began asking donor families to share their personal stories about organ donation with other families considering donation. The result has been a dramatic and positive change in the number of African American families saying “yes” to donation. In 2010, we recorded a 69% conversion rate among African-Americans. In the first six months of 2011 we have achieved a 75% conversion rate among this demographic, the highest in our 37-year history.
All of these numbers show that more families are saying “yes” to donation, and that we are doing a better job working with partner hospitals to optimize the overall number of organs procured and transplanted per donor. MTS remains committed to creating a positive donation experience for all potential and actual donor families as we facilitate their loved one’s Gift of Life, and thereby help save lives in the communities we serve.
To read about the lives impacted by donation, visit our Memories & Miracles section.