The red organ and tissue donor sticker on a Saskatchewan Health Services card confirms a person's wishes for donation with healthcare providers and loved ones. Stickers are available by calling eHealth Saskatchewan at 1-800-667-7551.
The need for organs and tissue for transplants far outweighs the available supply. Becoming an organ or tissue donor is one way you can help alleviate this need, and it may be a decision that’s right for you. There are two ways to donate: living donation and deceased donation. Before any choice is made, it's important to talk to your family about your decision to donate.
The Government of Saskatchewan recently announced an organ and tissue donor registry would be available by early 2020, however it's crucial you have this conversation with family because their consent will be required.
Until the organ and tissue donor registry for Saskatchewan is available, you can take these steps:
You can be a living donor by providing a non-vital organ or tissue to a family member or another person in need.
Living donation includes:
Deceased donation becomes possible when someone is at the end-of-life and death is imminent. Only a small portion of individuals die in such a way that makes organ donation possible – approximately 5% of all deaths.
Deceased donation includes: