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Record number of Swedes donated organs


Published January 20, 2022 at 10.52

Domestic. Last year, 192 deceased people became organ donors. This is the highest figure noted since the joint statistics for the Scandinavian countries, Scandiatransplant, began to be reported.

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The 192 deceased people who became donors last year contributed to 631 organs being transplanted to seriously ill patients.

According to the National Board of Health and Welfare, part of the increase is due to more donations being able to be made. after death occurred after a circulatory arrest, so-called DCD (Donation after Circulatory Death).

A total of 27 people became donors through DCD last year, which is the highest number since DCD began to be introduced in Sweden. Most donations, 165, were made possible through DBD (Donation after Brain Death), as death occurs after a severe and new brain injury.

Organ and tissue donations from the deceased have increased during the last decade in Sweden. According to the National Board of Health and Welfare, this is a result of purposeful donation-promoting work in health care. But even if the number of donors increases, there is still a great need for donated organs. In 2021, 33 people died on the waiting list.

In Sweden, 8 out of 10 say they are positive about donating their organs and tissues, but only 2 out of 10 are on the donation register.