Sierra Donor Services provides consultation services to hospitals for the purpose of facilitating the organ donation process. When a potential donor is identified by the hospital, our staff provides counseling to families regarding the donation decision. If the potential donor is on the registry, the family is consulted and the donation process proceeds. If the potential donor has not signed up on the registry our staff supports the donor family and the decision is left to the family to make on the individual’s behalf.
Upon receiving consent for donation, our staff coordinates the evaluation, allocation and recovery of the organs given for transplantation. This process takes place with the utmost respect and concern for the gift, the family, the donor and those who will receive the lifesaving gift.
Sierra Donor Services is fully accredited by AATB (American Association of Tissue Banks) to recover tissue in all hospitals in our service area. We adhere to strict FDA and AATB guidelines to insure optimal safety to the transplant recipient.
In the fight against blindness and visual impairment, Sierra Donor Services recovers, evaluates, processes and distributes donor eye tissue for sight-saving cornea transplants, reconstructive eye surgeries, and research into cures for other eye diseases. Those diseases include: cataracts, glaucoma and diseases of the retina.
Annually, about 300 people have their sight restored through corneas provided by Sierra Donor Services.
Tissues that can be donated are:
Donated corneas help restore sight to individuals suffering from corneal blindness or trauma to the eye.
Bones and tendons can be used to replace or reconstruct tissue destroyed by tumors, trauma or infection. They are also used in many sports and dental related surgeries such as ACL repairs, dental implants and knee or hip replacements.
Every year 35,000 children are born with a congenital heart defect and are in need of some type of reconstructive surgery. When used in young patients, these donated heart valves can actually “grow” with the recipient and reduce the need for repeated surgeries.
Donated veins can be used in patients who require coronary artery bypass surgery, a routine procedure that saves thousands of lives and allows these individuals to return to their normal lifestyles. For individuals suffering from diabetes or other diseases that cause a decrease in the blood flow, surgeons may use donated veins to repair damaged vessels and restore blood flow — in many cases saving a recipient’s leg from amputation.
Donated skin is critically needed for patients suffering from burns or trauma. Other important uses include breast reconstruction and hernia repair.