New Mexico Donor Services receives calls from all New Mexico hospitals when a death occurs or when potential for organ and/or tissue donor is identified. Once initial medical information is gathered from the hospital staff, it is determined if the patient may be able to donate organs and/or tissue to help others in need.
If donation is an option, an Organ Recovery Coordinator and a Family Care Coordinator immediately begins work to facilitate the donation process. The Donate Life New Mexico Organ and Tissue Donor Registry is checked to determine if the potential donor has signed up to be an organ/tissue donor. If the potential donor is on the registry, the family is notified and the donation process proceeds. If the potential donor has not signed up on the registry the Family Care Coordinator supports the family and consults with them regarding possible donation.
NMDS evaluates the medical suitability of the patient, manages the medical care of the donor until transplantation can take place, and accesses the national waiting list database to identify patients in need of transplants. Finally, NMDS manages the transport of organs to the surgeons who will perform the transplants into waiting recipients.
NMDS’ goal is to alleviate the critical shortage of organs by increasing the number of donations in our community and across the country, through public and professional education.
Tissue donation may be another option. A potential donor may be able to donate tissues that can be transplanted to help many people in need. Tissues are used to replace and reconstruct bones, tendons, veins, skin, and heart valves to allow patients a better quality of life.
NMDS is accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) to recover tissue for transplantation. NMDS adheres to strict FDA and AATB guidelines to insure optimal safety to the transplant recipient. View our credentials.