Understanding The Donation Process

At NJ Sharing Network, we recognize that every organ and tissue donation involves the gift of a donor and his or her family, as well as the efforts of our professional partners.

We work closely with hospitals, medical examiners and funeral homes to realize our mutual goal of saving and enhancing lives through organ and tissue donation.

This section is intended to provide healthcare professionals with resource information to support them in their identification, referral and care of potential organ and tissue donors.


Steps In The Donation Process

  • Referral: Routine, timely referral of patients meeting clinical triggers ensures that every opportunity for donation is realized. 
  • Evaluation:  Our highly trained donation specialists conduct an evaluation of a patient’s medical history and current status to determine the patient’s ability to give the gift of organ and tissue donation.
  • Approach: Our families are supported as they grieve for their loved one who has died.  NJ Sharing Network staff, in partnership with hospital staff, will begin a caring, empathetic discussion with families about the opportunity for donation.  In circumstances where the patient has declared their wish to donate through their license or advance directive, NJ Sharing Network staff will gently guide the family through the process to honor that gift.
  • Management: Expertise and vigilant care is needed to ensure that as many recipients as possible are given a second chance of life through the decision to donate.  Resources from multiple hospital departments are utilized to honor the gift.  Recipients are identified and prepared for a life-saving transplant.
  • Recovery: Every donation is a gift.  Recovery of organ and tissue is done in the hospital operating room, under sterile conditions and with utmost respect for the selfless gift of life that is being offered.