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Donation and Transplant Terminology
Organ "recovery" is used nationwide to refer to organs transplanted, as a matter of accuracy, clarity and respect for organ donors and their families. Do not use the word "harvest," as it is considered harsh and it is not completely accurate.
Similarly, use the phrase "deceased donor," never "cadaver."
The term "life support" is inaccurate and confusing when used in relation to a brain dead patient. The recommended phrasing is that a donor's body is kept on "mechanical support," or a ventilator until the time of donation.
These FAQs about Organ Procurement Organizations include information about the donation process, the impact of opioid deaths and relationships with medical examiner death investigations.
Of the state's 7.6 million adults, more than 4.8 million are registered donors.
The best way to indicate one's decision to donate life is to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.
On average, 17 Michigan residents have organ transplants every week.