Which areas does the Transplantation Act regulate?
The Transplantation Act (TPG) has regulated the legal requirements for the donation, removal and transfer of human organs, organ parts and tissues in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1997. With the Tissue Act of July 20, 2007, the law also applies to human tissue and fetal organs.
How do I object to organ donation?
If the law is passed and you then want to speak out against organ removal after brain death, you must enter yourself in a nationwide register. You should be able to delete or change this entry at any time. You can also limit your objection to organ donation to specific organs.
What do I have to do if I don’t want to donate any organs?
Document your decision in a legally binding manner If no consent has been given or a donation has been objected to, no organs or tissue may be removed. You can easily document your decision for or against an organ and tissue donation in an organ donor card.
When are you not allowed to be an organ donor?
There is no maximum age for organ donation Therefore there is no general maximum age for organ donation. Doctors decide on a case-by-case basis whether organs are suitable for transplantation. Older patients often receive organs from older donors.
Why can you only donate in case of brain death?
For an organ donation, it is crucial that the irreversible failure of all brain functions (brain death) has occurred, i.e. the person concerned has died. At the same time, the cardiovascular system still has to be maintained artificially so that the organs are supplied with oxygen and nutrients.
Can anyone donate organs?
Almost anyone can become an organ donor, regardless of age. The biological age of the organs is decisive. Tissues can also be donated after the death of almost everyone.
Can you donate organs after breast cancer?
For all other diseases, the doctors decide based on the findings whether an organ and tissue donation is an option. In principle, organ donation is also possible after the cancer has healed.
Who can I donate a kidney to?
According to the German Transplantation Act, a living donation is only permitted if the donor and recipient are related (1st and 2nd degree) or very close.
Who is not eligible to be an organ donor?
Organ donation is out of the question if the deceased was acutely ill with cancer or had serious previous illnesses such as AIDS or tuberculosis. After brain death, the doctors check whether an organ donation is medically possible, if an organ donation is actually pending.
What is the age limit for organ donation?
There is no upper age limit for organ donation. The liver in particular, but also the lungs and kidneys, often still function well in old age. The oldest Swiss donor in recent years was 88 years old.
Where can I get an organ donor card?
Where can I get my personal organ donor card? Organ donor cards are available from many pharmacies, general practitioners, hospitals and health insurance companies. Order by phone at 0800 – (BZgA and DSO hotline free of charge)
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