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Day of organ donation

In the event of a fatal accident, a decision must be made about tissue and organ harvesting. If it affects you personally, you are no longer able to express your will. Have you recorded your opinion in writing? Are your relatives informed? Otherwise, they will have to make a far-reaching decision under stress. This is often perceived as a burden.


Currently, the extended consent solution is applicable in Switzerland. In the future, the extended objection solution will apply. If your will cannot be determined, it is up to your relatives to decide on organ transplantation.


Different laws, rules and customs apply abroad. If you refuse organ donation, record this in writing in several languages. Carry this notice with your identity papers. Do not count on your relatives being located, listened to, and having their opinion respected. You risk becoming an organ donor against your will.


In certain countries, your organs (such as liver, lungs, heart, kidney, or tissue) can be removed if you have not explicitly objected. Before traveling abroad, you should check whether there is an objection register in which you must register.


Whether you will donate organs, whether a trusted person will make medical decisions on your behalf, whether you decide on medical decisions in advance, take the necessary steps, fill in forms, such as a medical directive, a health care proxy, a living will, or any other form of advance directive.



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