I understand and authorize the following as indicated by my signature for consent at the
end of this document:
Donation requires both a physician’s legal declaration of death and the decision to
help others. There is no cost to the family or estate for anything related to the donation.
All unrelated hospital charges as well as funeral expenses remain the responsibility
of the family or estate.
The privacy and the confidentiality of the donor and the decision for donation will be
respected. Information will be shared with those individuals and organizations
involved in the donation process; this will include hospital and transplantation staff,
the funeral provider and the medical examiner’s office. Copies of medical records, the
death certificate and the autopsy report, if there is one, will be obtained and reviewed.
Part of the donor evaluation process requires transmissible disease testing. These
tests are performed to ensure the safety of transplant recipients. Arizona laws
requires that positive confirmed tests be reported to the Arizona Department of Health
Services. Other evaluative tests, procedures and biopsies may also be performed.
For organ donation, the recovery of the spleen and lymph nodes takes place to
ensure the compatibility between the donor and transplant recipients. Blood vessels
may also be recovered for the purpose of safe organ transplantation.
The placement of organs and tissues is directed by local, state and federal guidelines
and transplantation standards. At times, tissue may be sent to help people in other
countries. Through medical breakthroughs, recovered tissue can be reshaped and
reformed to accommodate a variety of transplant needs. Also, in order to benefit the
greatest number of recipients, both nonprofit and for-profit organizations may be
involved in the process.
The work of recovery in the donation process is performed with care and does not
normally interfere with funeral arrangements. Donation includes the careful restoration
of the donor. Bruising and swelling are rare but can occur. For tissue donation,
the donor may be transported to a donation facility for recovery procedures. The medical
examiner’s office will determine if an evaluation or autopsy is necessary and if any
restrictions regarding the donation process are required. Following the recovery of
anatomical gifts and the medical examiner’s evaluation (if applicable), funeral plans
and/or other arrangements may proceed.