Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Registry: ultimategiftalberta.ca

image of ribbon In Alberta, hundreds of people are waiting for an organ or tissue transplant.

Since April 2014, more than 475,000 Albertans have registered their consent to be organ and tissue donors to help save the life or improve the life of another.

Talk with your family and friends about it, and make your wishes known Ė now is the time to join those Albertans who have already registered their consent.

More than 600 people in Alberta are waiting for an organ transplant. Itís important to have far more people willing to donate than people waiting for organs and tissues because organs cannot be donated in all deaths, but only when people are in a hospitalís intensive care unit in specific circumstances. When organ donation does occur it can have a significant positive impact on others. One donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation and help up to 75 people with tissue donation.

The Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Registry (ultimategiftalberta.ca) is a quick and easy way for Albertans to register their decisions in order to increase organ and tissue donor rates in Alberta.

In-person registration at registry agent locations

You can also register in person. All registry agents across Alberta are legally required to provide organ and tissue donor registry services. Albertans receiving or renewing their driverís licence or ID card will be asked if they wish to register to be an organ and tissue donor. Others not receiving these registry services can also asked to be registered at a registry agent office.  Interested individuals will now be able to add their name and donation choices to the registry.

Talk to your loved ones

It is important you discuss your wishes with your family and friends. They need to know about your choice, and that you want to help improve life for your fellow Albertans as health professionals will need information about you from your family to proceed with donation.