October 20, 2013
By Kaitlyn Thompson, Lifeline of Ohio’s community outreach coordinator
Have you said yes to organ donation? If not, you’re one of the 59 percent of individuals in Scioto County who have the opportunity to say yes to saving lives by registering as an organ donor. Ohio Advance Directives Week on October 13-19 allows you to make your medical wishes known and share them with your family.
Advance Directives are documents to direct care when a medical condition prevents an individual from communicating their own wishes. In the state of Ohio, do not resuscitate orders, living wills, powers of attorney and organ donation intentions are all advance directives. Say yes today and declare your legal declaration to donate organs and tissues upon your death by visiting your local Bureau of Motor Vehicles agency or at www.lifelineofohio.org.
All Ohioans are encouraged to take the time this month to consider how they want their medical care directed in the event of a tragedy. In addition, it’s important to share advance directive decisions, like registering as an organ donor, with your family so a donation conversation occurs before it’s too late.
To learn more about living wills and advance directives, please visit the Ohio Hospital Association’s website at www.ohanet.org/advance-directives/.