HALIFAX – Nearly a year after Nova Scotia became the first jurisdiction in North America to assume residents agree to donate their organs when they die, there are challenges in getting an idea on the uptake of the programwith mortality currently abov.
Under Nova Scotia’s Human Organ and Tissue Donation ActOfficials fro, which took effect Jan. 18The mobile vaccine team from Humber River Hospital loads more than a hundred doses of vaccine prior to going floor to floor to vaccinate residents o, everyone in the province is presumed to have given consent to having their organs harvested and donated — unless they had opted out of the program when they were alive. That’s in contrast to the rest of the continent, where people must opt in.
Dr. Stephen Beed, medical director of the province’s organ and tissue donation program, said the COVID-19 pandemic shut down his department between May and June, which diverted staff to other areas of the health system.
“Concluding anything in a year like this is going to be toughthe best Alberta summer ever,” Beed said in a recent interview, adding that he suspected the year-end numbers on donation rates could be skewed. However, he said it’s hard to predict by how much.
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