It takes a collective effort to be able to offer the gift of sight. Medical professionals play a vital role in the success of sight-restoring eye donation and transplantation. SightLife's specially trained staff works closely with our donation partners to help make sight possible for those in need. These partners include hospital nurses, chaplains, administrators, funeral directors, medical examiners and coroners.
During our partnership, we want to understand your challenges and share in this experience together. By aligning with you towards a common goal, we can together offer more families the opportunity to donate and help change someone's life.
We support you throughout the entire process. We'll handle donor medical screening, donor registry confirmation, family authorization and recovery team logistics. Our trained team of transplant donor coordinators work closely with prospective donor families over the phone to educate, counsel, empower and remind them that one donation can give two people the gift of sight. This team maintains some of the highest authorization rates in the country at over 70% and donor family satisfaction rates of 95%. This donation wouldn't be possible without you.
SightLife offers helpful guidelines to assist you. Contact your regional liaison for more information:
Your involvement is needed for a successful donation process. Here is what it entails:
When a person has indicated his or her decision to become a donor—most often done by indicating their wishes on their driver's license—they have made a legally binding commitment to make an anatomical gift. During such an emotional time, most families are relieved to know that the decision to donate has already been made by their loved one. However, there are times when a family may question that decision. In those instances, we’ll work closely with families to help them understand and follow the state laws that govern a person's decision to donate. Below are links to the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA) for the states in our region:
COP is a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulation that health care organizations must meet in order to begin and continue participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. These health and safety standards are the foundation for improving quality and protecting the health and safety of beneficiaries. The COP that covers organ and tissue donation is intended to increase organ donation and save lives. All hospitals that receive Medicare reimbursement must identify and refer all deaths and imminent deaths to the local regional Donor Referral Line.
The COP requires hospitals to do the following:
SightLife is honored to be able to celebrate and acknowledge our hospital partners that achieve great success with a quality cornea donor program.