Donor Network of Arizona (DNA) works with hospice care professionals when an individual in their care or the individual’s family has requested information about donation or is registered as an organ, tissue and cornea donor. Though organ donation is not always possible for those who pass away in hospice, the gifts of tissue and cornea donation can have an incredible impact on people who receive those gifts.
If a hospice patient or their family requests information about donation for transplantation, please call DNA at 1-800-447-9477. We have staff available twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week to determine options for donation and facilitate a conversation with the family about donation.
Recovery must take place within 24 hours after a patient has passed away. DNA coordinates the recovery process while working side-by-side with hospice professionals, as well as the funeral home or whole body research organization, to provide compassionate support for the donor’s family.
Donor Family Care
DNA communicates with families who have said “yes” to donation for at least two years after the death of their loved one. We provide information, resources and remembrance events throughout those two years, and donor families often find comfort in knowing the generous legacy of donation their loved one has left.
An important part of the donation process is a full evaluation of a patient’s medical records to ensure that donated tissues and corneas are safe for transplant. Because of the importance of timely review of all medical information, HIPAA specifically allows Covered Entities to disclose protected health information to organ procurement organizations or other entities engaged in the procurement, banking or transplantation of organs, tissue or corneas for transplantation. This provision is specifically “intended to allow covered entities to initiate contact with organ and tissue donation and transplantation organizations to facilitate transplantation.”
To place a donor referral call to DNA, please call 1-800-447-9477.