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To serve the medial community and general community of New England by assuring the maximum procurement of organs adn tissue for transplant and the fair distribution of those procured.
To foster research activities which will enhance organ and tissue retrieval, preservation and transplant.
To provide the donation option to all appropriate families and to protect the rights and interestes throughout the process.
To assure uniformly high standards of performance adn ethical behavior in provision of services to donor families, donor hospitals and transplant centers.
To represent the interests of the people New England in the formulation of policies and regulations concerning organ donation and transplantation.
The New England Organ Bank (NEOB) is the oldest independent organ procurement organization (OPO) in the country. It is the federally-designated OPO for all or part of the six New England states. In addition to this regional coverage, NEOB provides services to Bermuda.
Providing Clinical Support
NEOB coordinators are available 24 hours a day to evaluate and respond to potential organ and tissue donors. They evaluate the potential donor's medical condition, maintain clinical support throughout the organ recovery process, and manage the complex logistics of the recovery, preservation and distribution process.
Providing Support and Information to Donor Families
NEOB coordinators provide support and information to help families discuss donation. If a patient already authorized donation, the coordinators work with the family to carry-out the patient’s decision. If the patient had not made a donation decision, the coordinators work with family to obtain authorization for donation.
Providing Education to Hospitals, Medical Examiners, and Funeral Directors
NEOB staff work with the approximately 160 acute care hospitals to maximize donation. NEOB collaborates with hospital staff to clarify organ and tissue donation policies and to ensure that potential donors are consistently recognized and referred. Federal regulations require that hospitals report all deaths to the affiliated OPO, that only trained requesters talk to families of potential donors, and that hospitals make death record information available to the OPO. NEOB staff collaborate with the hospitals in compliance with these regulations.
Providing Public Education
NEOB provides research-based public awareness programs including print, billboard and DMV-based outreach, as well as presentation to churches, schools and civic groups. Volunteers are always welcome.
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