There is a desperate need for people to registered as organ donors upon their death to help save lives of those who through injury, birth defects, or disease are in desperate need of replacement organs.
Informing the public of the facts of organ donation and getting as many people as possible to register as organ donors is vital.
Once again, as we have for the past 5 years, University of Michigan-Flint’s Thompson Library hosted an Organ Donor event in October in conjunction with the UM-Flint Student Nurses Association.
Libraries all across the State of Michigan participated in the event, raising awareness and signing up thousands of new donors while simultaneously enlightening thousands more about the need for organ donors.
The results of the 2016 organ donor drive are as follows:
University of Michigan-Flint, Thompson Library
Hours booth was open: 8
New Donors registered: 43
Visitors already registered as donors: 288
People asking for information: 83
How does this compare with UM-Flint’s participation in years past? Here’s how it breaks down:
Year New Donors Registered
Numbers may have dropped over earlier years, but overall University of Michigan-Flint continues to have good participation and regularly increases the number of Michigan citizens who are now on the organ donor list.
How do we compare to other libraries over the years? Here’s the breakdown:
Year All Libraries New Flint Donors Flint Donors%
2010 5 72 32.0%
2011 10 77 18.6%
2012 29 67 9.4%
2013 38 48 8.4%
2014 57 42 7.9%
2015 60 32 7.2%
2016 74 43 7.0%
Statewide, there were 154 participating organizations, with 74 staffed organ donor registration tables and 80 organ donor informational displays.
2016 Statistics — State of Michigan
New Donors registered: 597
Visitors already registered as donors: 2,558
Potential Donors asking for information: 1,907
Total visitors to booth: 4,872
Hours booth was open: 823
In all, UM-Flint contributed about 7% of the total people who registered as organ donors during the one-day drive this year.
Well done, University of Michigan-Flint people!
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