Fast Facts from the WHA Information Center: April is Donate Life Month

April 13, 2018

National Donate Life Month was instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003. It features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors, and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.

WHA Information Center (WHAIC) reported 1,222 kidney transplants and 164 heart transplants performed over the past three years in Wisconsin hospitals. The map provides the rate of visits per 1,000 population of the counties within this timeframe for transplants performed.

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, as of April 12, 2018, there were 125,575 people waiting for lifesaving organ transplants in the U.S. Of these, 102,936 await kidney transplants and 4,036 await heart transplants.

Think about registering to be an organ donor. One donor could save up to eight lives.

Data provided by the WHA Information Center (WHAIC). WHAIC is dedicated to collecting, analyzing and disseminating complete, accurate and timely data and reports about charges, utilization, quality and efficiency provided by Wisconsin hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and other health care providers.

This story originally appeared in the April 13, 2018 edition of WHA Newsletter