“Rules instead of procrastination”
Health authorities launch new campaign for organ donation
The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and Swisstransplant are launching a new campaign entitled “Rules instead of postponing: organ donation”. The population should be encouraged to make their decision to donate organs now and to record it in writing.
A box with a donor heart is taken out of the freezer. The Federal Office of Public Health and Swisstransplant have launched a new organ donation campaign. (archive image)
By informing the relatives, they could be relieved and decide in the interests of the deceased if this became necessary, the BAG wrote in a statement on Tuesday. Every person should therefore record their will in an organ donation card, in a living will or in the electronic patient dossier (EPR).
On May 15, 2022, the Swiss electorate voted in favor of the opt-out solution for organ donation. The exact date of the changeover is not yet known. Until then, the extended consent solution will continue to apply, whereby the removal of organs and tissues after death is only possible if the person concerned has given their consent.
According to Swisstransplant, there were 1,434 people on a waiting list for organ donation at the end of 2021 in Switzerland. There were 587 transplants in the year under review. 72 people who were on the waiting list have died.