CIHI Report, Organ Transplants on The Rise

Results encouraging, but Canada still lags behind other countries

Annual Report: Canadian Organ Replacement Register Annual Report: Treatment of End-Stage Organ Failure in Canada, 2003 to 2012
Public Summary: Number of organ transplants on the rise in Canada (PDF, 503 KB)

February 25, 2014—For the first time in a decade, the number of deceased organ donors in Canada has exceeded the number of living donors, according to a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

Of the 2,225 organ transplant procedures performed in Canada in 2012—an increase of nearly 5% over 2011—1,686 were from deceased donors, according to Canadian Organ Replacement Register Annual Report: Treatment of End-Stage Organ Failure in Canada, 2003 to 2012.

Deceased donors are important because they can provide up to eight organs for transplant to Canadians in need, while a living donor can provide only a single organ.

CIHI’s report shows that the rate of deceased Canadian organ donors has risen by 17% over the past 10 years. This may be explained in part by heightened public awareness of organ donation due to both greater media coverage and the growth of social media campaigns...

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