directed donor


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directed donor

A family member, friend, or significant other who gives blood, an organ, or tissue to another person to support a vital function or prevent death.
See also: donor
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The inefficiency just discussed contributes to the increased costs associated with the procurement of directed donor blood.
The system that we have set up now relies to a significant extent on self-help: on mobilizing friends and family members to donate kidneys, even when this mobilization can go so far as to cross the line into coercion of directed donors. (93) We could reduce this reliance by establishing a mechanism, in advance, that would allow willing kidney donors to be compensated for being a part of the lifesaving transplant system.
Most of those new donors, the report found, were "directed donors," friends or relatives donating exclusively for one couple's use.
In addition, directed donors are under pressure to donate.
This might include donors who are first degree-relatives, directed donors, and in situations where no comparable products from a suitable donor is available and where the patient would suffer serious morbidity without the transplant.

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