New steps to increase organ donation
New figures researched by Swedish Radio News indicate that despite the fact more Swedes are registering their intention to donate organs should they be involved in a fatal accident, fewer organs were actually donated in 2010 compared to the year before.
In addition, the number of relatives opposing organ donation from a loved one in a coma and on life support has also fallen, from 22 percent to just 11.
So why then have the number of organ donors in Sweden fallen from 152 in 2007 to 118 last year?
Charlotte Möller, in charge of organ donation issues at the Swedish Board of Health and Welfare says an important aspect is staff training. Speaking to Radio Sweden, she says more medical staff need to be aware of when is a good time to bring up the subject of organ donation. Local health authorities in the county councils also have to put aside the resources to give the medical staff the time to procure the organs, if a patient's life cannot be saved and they are on life support.
Just one organ donor can give up to seven organs that could change the lives of up to seven people waiting for an organ transplant, she adds.