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How to Make Emergency Services Aware of Your Organ Donation Wishes

Smart911 Safety Profiles provide an opportunity to make emergency services aware of your organ donation wishes if you are fatally injured in an accident. Talking about being fatally injured is not a frequent topic of conversation around the dinner table - not in our house anyway - but it is something that could touch our lives or those close to us at any time. More than one hundred people die in automobile accidents across the country every day, with many more dying from unintentional drug overdoses, workplace accidents and falls.
When such tragic events happen, the victim´s organs can be used to save other people´s lives. According to the U.S. Department of Health, more than 120,000 patients are on the waiting list for life-saving organ transplants. Although most people say they have no objection to having their organs donated to a life-saving cause after their death, only 45% of American citizens are registered as organ donors.

Registering as an Organ Donor is Easy
Often people intend to become an organ donor, but fail to do anything about it. As mentioned above, it is not a topic frequently discussed around the dinner table, and even in your physician´s surgery, you may have more important issues on your mind than discussing organ donation. Yet registering as an organ donor is easy:
• You can complete and carry a donor card, or indicate on your driver´s license that you wish to be an organ donor in the event of your death.
• You can state your organ donation wishes in an advance health care directive. You don´t have to wait until you are old to prepare a directive. Former President Obama has one.
• You can indicate in your will you wish to donate your organs after your death, although some states also require a specific form to be completed in order for your wishes to be executed.
• You can tell your friends and family you wish to be an organ donor, so even if you fail to register, your family will be aware of your wishes should you suffer a fatal injury.
• Alternatively you can make emergency services aware of your organ donation wishes by stating your wishes on the Safety Profile page of the Smart911 service.
The final option is the most sensible. When people are fatally injured in accidents, their organs have to be removed quickly in order for them to be viable, transplantable organs. If medical professionals have to wait for a donor card to be recovered, or the appropriate paperwork to be found, the opportunity to save somebody else´s life could be lost.
With the Smart911 service, emergency services can be aware of your wishes to be an organ donor as soon as they open your Safety profile - often on route to the scene of the accident. With this information about your wishes instantly available, emergency personnel can start preparing for a donation straightaway in order to give the transplant procedure the greatest likelihood of success.

How to Make Emergency Services Aware of Your Organ Donation Wishes
To make emergency services aware of your organ donation wishes, simply sign up for a free Smart911 account. Once your account is created, you will be asked to create a Safety Profile that will only be visible to 911 call takers to assist them during an emergency. The Safety Profile can include as much or as little information about you as you wish, but it is recommended you include any information you would want first responders to know if you do have an emergency so 911 call takers can leverage this information to get help to you as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
Therefore, it is recommended you upload a photo of yourself into the Safety Profile, include your blood type, any medical conditions you suffer from and any prescription medication you are taking. In the notes section, you should also take the opportunity to make emergency services aware of your organ donation wishes. If everybody were to use this section to make emergency services aware of their organ donation wishes, not only might your organs help save the life of somebody else, but maybe somebody else´s organs may save your life or the life of somebody close to you.