Let’s say somebody who is an organ donor dies, perhaps in a car accident. How fast do the person’s organs have to be harvested, and what is the usual procedure? Would this happen in the emergency room of a hospital if the patient died there? What if he died on the scene (somewhere away from the hospital)? Would the doctors just check the person’s driver’s license to make sure he’s an organ donor and then just start removing what they need, or would they contact next of kin first, or what?
What if someone was slowly dying at home, or in the hospital in a deathbed, and they made their wishes known that they wanted to be an organ donor? Would the doctors just swing into action as soon as the patient died, or what would that procedure be? How do they know what to take, or do they just take everything and check a list later to see what is needed? Would all the organs go to local recipients, or is there a chance they’d be transported around the country? What if someone was still alive and wanted to donate a kidney? How would that be set up in advance?
I’m very curious because I’m a registered organ donor and I had a semi-near-death experience in traffic recently, so I wanted to know how it all works.