(Closed) Hospital co-worker said something about being an "Organ Donor" that scared me…

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
1069 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Well, I have no direct experience either way, but I can tell you that a friend of mine who is a doctor told me that she would absolutely never be an organ donor after she did her first couple of internship rotations. She refused to go into details, but I have to say I also found it pretty concerning.

Post # 3
3076 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

:O really??? i wonder if it’s true that’s … Ahh. I’m already listed as a donor though, hopefully I’m never I’m critical condition at a young age ;(.  Well, you know what, if multiple people could be saved by me not being resucitated (or whstnot) then it wouldn’t be too bad… Assuming I’m unconscious :p. My aunts a nurse, I will ask her if this is true later…

Post # 4
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My family are all physicians and are all organ donors and encouraged their kids to be donors too. I really doubt this is true. I don’t know what position your coworker has, but I wonder if transitioning to preserving organs immediately after a patient is clearly unsaveable can seem crass and like trying less hard. My Fiance is on his core clinical a right now so I’ll have a first hand account soon enough.

Post # 5
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Stranger516:  Well that would be against the hippocratic oath that doctors take so I am pretty sure that is untrue.

If your co-worker thinks that hospital practices are against hospital policy and the law then she is obligated to report it. Nothing worse than someone who sits by and does nothing in a situation like this. To me they are as bad as the person not following procedure.


Post # 6
13248 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Honestly, I’ve heard this urban legends for a long time, and I think they’re complete BS.  A doctor isn’t going to put in half as much effort just because someone opted to being an organ donor.  If your friend’s hospital does, I’d like their medical licenses revoked, because that’s pretty shitty medicine.

Post # 8
4933 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yes, because in the ER they go through your wallet, first thing to decide on treatment. -_- COME ON. 

Post # 9
2999 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

A friend of Darling Husband is an met and told him the same thing. Neither of us are listed as donors..

Post # 10
629 posts
Busy bee

I’ve heard the same thing. Stupid or not, it’s simply not worth the risk to me. Even people who aren’t listed as donors have their family members solicited for organs almost immediately after death in a hospital so it’s not like the chance will be lost. 

Post # 11
1195 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Stranger516:  I think that information is incorrect. I work at a hopsital but I’m on the technical side and not clinical, though I have sat in a presentation given by “Gift of Life” which is a donor organization. They cleared up that that does not happen. Organ donation is notified after the fact and yeah; as some others have said, they aren’t going through your wallet while they’re trying to keep your guts from falling out – hopefully. I have it on my license, but of course, like anyone I’m always curious. I’ll have to ask the ER peoples sometime and report back!

Post # 12
488 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

This is clearly bollocks… if so many people believe  it, and so many “nurses” have seen it, in a country where people sue each other all the time (this would be a prime reason of a family to sue), don’t you think it would have been a scandal on the news by now?

Post # 13
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

That is such a horrible myth. To be an organ donor , the icu nurse works her ass off to keep the body functioning to preserve organs. Before you can Even get to that point, two different doctors must pronounce a person brain dead… They can’t let you die and say hey I want your organs now. 

Post # 14
857 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

The surgeon in the trauma ward and the surgeon on the transplant team are different people with different motivations. The trauma guy wants to save your life! And he is the one you will see when you come in to the hospital after a serious accident. When someone is bleeding and dying they don’t know if their organs are even viable for another. For example, the bleeding person could be HIV positive or have had melanoma. 

Post # 15
548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I cannot stand that this myth exists. I guess people think when we’re working to save your life, we see that you’re a donor and go “oh? She’s a donor? Well, guess that’s that then, everyone just stop”. Organ harvesting teams don’t come and take organs from bodies in the morgue or whatever someone might think. Harvesting teams aren’t on standby at the hospital. The teams may even have to be FLOWN in. The person is still on a ventilator at this time.

So for example, (I’m a paramedic), if I come across a patient in cardiac arrest, first of all, I have no idea if they’re a donor or not and I will never know unless the family flat out tells me. And I have never once asked a family… because it doesn’t matter, I’ll treat the patient the same way. But let’s say this myth was true, and I’ve just learned the patient is a donor. I don’t stop working on them. If I stopped and left the body there, they don’t harvest from that body. So if they myth were true, it should be the other way around! That we would work HARDER on an organ donor because we need to preserve their organs. But let me reiterate that this is not at ALL how it really works.

I don’t really understand this “they don’t work as hard” thing. I’m being completely serious, what do people think happens?

I’ll be honest and say that I’ve worked cardiac arrests that I know are gone, the patient will remain brain dead. I always just hope to myself that I worked on that patient hard enough that since they are now gone, their organs will be able to be donated.

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