Funeral Home Staff
Providing care for the families of donors is important to Nebraska Organ Recovery System and this would not be possible without the partnerships with funeral home staff. Funeral home staff not only play a role in the preparation of the patient for the funeral, but may also play a role in the referral of donation candidates if the death does not occur within a hospital.
In the event that a patient did not expire at a hospital, funeral home staff are encouraged to contact Nebraska Organ Recovery System and provide patient information for evaluation of possible tissue donation. A brief screening will occur to gather demographic information and any additional medical information. If eligible, the family of the deceased will be contacted and will be explained their options regarding donation. It is useful to provide the coordinator all information known about the patient to best assess donation potential. Age and medical condition do play a factor into assessing eligibility, but these standards change often and many patients may be eligible. The recovery of donated tissue needs to occur within 12 hours of a patient death and prior to the embalming. Ideally, the referral will be made as early as possible to ensure that no logistical concerns stand in the way of the patient or family wishes.
To make a referral for organ, tissue, or eye donation, please call (800) 925-0215.