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Give A Heart On Valentine’s Day

Today, 19 people will die who could have been saved. It isn’t yet known who they are, but they are among the more than 120,000 people awaiting organ transplants in the United States. Some of them are children. A small number are infants under one year old. One person will have die waiting for a transplant for every four patients who get transplants. These people will die because there are ten times as many people waiting for organs as there are willing donors, including living donors for some organs, and not all of those donors can donate to every, or even any, would-be recipient.

Organ transplants are necessary. In fact, because they are so difficult—they require not only an exact match, but anti-rejection drugs that suppress immune response to the transplanted organ isn’t rejected for the remainder of the recipients life—transplants are only performed when the recipient has a good chance with a transplant but essentially no chance without one. These people need donors who agree to allow their kidneys, pancreas, liver, lungs, heart, and intestines to be removed posthumously and given to someone who needs it, if it is useable, or for a part of any of these organs except the heart to be removed from a living donor and transplanted into a patient in need.

People who volunteer to donate organs are given the same treatment as other patients when they themselves are hospitalized. There’s no rush to declare them dead to use their organs. In fact, their organs require more extensive testing, to determine what is useable and how it can best be used. This testing is paid for by the recipients insurance, or by charitable organizations. These are also the sources of funding for living tissue donors; no expenses are born by the donors or their families. Modern donated organ and tissue recovery techniques mean it’s even possible for someone to have an open-casket funeral after donated tissue is removed. No one is too old or too sick to donate tissue; even people with illnesses affecting some organs are generally able to donate the rest. In most states, enlisting as a donor is done though the department of motor vehicles. but any health care facility should have information on how to volunteer.

Donating Life

Right now, there are more than 120,000 people waiting for an organ transplant. Today, 19 of them will die waiting—nearly one-quarter of the number who will successfully receive transplants—because there aren’t enough organs for transplant to meet the need. There’s only around one donor for every ten patients. Donors and patients have to be matched in blood type and body size, as well as more pragmatic considerations like how fast the organ can be delivered to the hospital where the transplant surgery will take place.

Some people are reluctant to enroll as donors because they don’t have a clear understanding of how organ donation works. For example, some people think that donors get worse treatment at hospitals. They fear that the hospital will not try to save them, or will rush to declare them dead. In fact, hospital staff members don’t take into account whether someone is a donor during treatment; in addition, declaring someone dead is more involved, with more rigorous testing done, when the patient is planning to donate organs or tissue. This testing, and the donation itself, are not paid for by donors or their families. Modern donated organ and tissue recovery techniques mean it’s even possible for someone to have an open-casket funeral after donated parts are removed.

Another big concern is eligibility. People who aren’t in perfect health, or who are old, often fear that they would not be accepted. Age, however, is no obstacle—there’s no maximum age to donate, and organs and tissues are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Generally speaking, any transplantable part that is in working order on the patient’s death can be transplanted, regardless of the donor’s age or overall health. Even people with medical conditions affecting the heart, lung, kidneys, liver, skin, or some other part may still have perfectly healthy organs or tissue elsewhere that can be used.

Fortunately, it’s easy to help alleviate the shortage. By some estimates, each person willing to donate organs or tissue can save as many as 50 lives. You can arrange to become a posthumous donor by registering in advance through the transplant registry where you live or, in many U.S. states, through the DMV. If you’re not registered, a hospital is required to get consent of next-of-kin, and many hospitals will even if you are, so make sure your wishes are in writing.

On Valentine’s Day, Have A Heart, Or Other Organ

There are nearly 117,000 people in the United States—including over 1,700 children, 76 of whom are under a year old—awaiting an organ transplant. That number is increasing. Unfortunately, there’s only around one donor available for every ten patients, including living donors, and it’s a jigsaw puzzle rather than a Lego set: the transplant only works if it’s a match.

Transplantation is used when someone is so sick that the only option is to completely replace the affected part. People who indicate that they have decided to be part of the transplant program are agreeing to allow their kidneys, pancreas, liver, lungs, heart, and intestines to be removed posthumously and given to someone who needs it, if it is useable. Except for the heart, parts of these organs can also be transplanted while the donor is still living. A big risk in transplantation is that the recipient will have an immune reaction to the organ, so it is necessary that the donor and recipient have the same blood type and are genetically similar, which is determined through testing.

Living donors may be relatives of the recipient, meaning a match is more likely. In any event, living donors are available for pre-donation testing to determine whether the organ is healthy and how best to use it; this includes what is known as non-directed donation, in which a donor offers organs for transplant without specifying by whom the organ is to be used. Living donors need to be generally healthy, which means no high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease or heart disease, and have to have the same blood type as the recipient.

The costs of posthumous donation are borne by the recipient’s insurance, and not by the donor’s estate or family. The costs of living donation are also paid on the recipient side, including the donor’s medical expenses directly related to the donation; non-medical expenses, such as travel and lost wages are not covered. You can register as a posthumous donor in advance through the transplant registry where you live.

Medex Supply to offer discount during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As a part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Medex Supply is working with a few of the large manufacturers such as Medline to offer their lines of pink products at a discounted rate during the month of October. This includes a variety of medical supplies, ranging from a pink stethoscope to a rollator. They are also offering an additional 10% off they’re already discounted prices. Be sure to use the coupon code pink10 during checkout.

To help show customers your support for breast cancer research, Medline has also introduced Generation Pink latex-free, 3G vinyl exam gloves. The gloves use a patented technology to offer softness and flexibility paired with sensitivity for a comfortable product. During the month of October, the company will donate $1 of each case purchased to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Medline is aiming to spread the word about the importance of early detection of breast cancer in females. As a large philanthropic cause in Medex Supply’s company, and the nation’s largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies, Medline has partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to support free mammograms for those in need. This initiative is part of a larger educational campaign that was begun in the last years called, “Together We Can Save Lives Through Early Detection.”

Since the campaign’s launch in 2005, Medline has donated more than $500,000 to healthcare organizations and hospitals that offer free mammograms to women in need. Their programs also build awareness among nurses and healthcare workers, and have even spread awareness through well-known social media events such as the Pink Glove Dance.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation strives to educate individuals on the fight against breast cancer through their programs and by supporting research programs in leading facilities across the country.

For more information about how you can help raise breast cancer awareness by purchasing pink supplies, visit  or just stop by http://www.medexsupply.com, call (888) 433-2300 or e-mail.