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For more detailed information please visit NHSBT statistics page for annual

activity reports

www.organdonation.nhs.uk/statistics

• Tissue donation after death includes the

potential of donating life-saving heart

valves and skin, and life-enhancing

tendons and corneas.

• The number of Scottish National

Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS)

tissue donors increased in 2016/17

to the best ever tissue donation rate

in Scotland; a

43%

increase in tendon

donations and a

30%

increase in heart

valve donations compared to 2015/16.

• There is always a Tissue Donor

Co-ordinator on call in Scotland; they

are happy to provide donation advice

to

Healthcare Professionals

. They can

be contacted

24/7

on

07659 107029

.

• Tissue donors may be tissue-only

donors, or they may have also donated

organs. As tissue donation can take

place

up to 48 hours after death

, tissue

donation may be possible in some

patients where organ donation is not.

• Following a previous year on year drop

in tissue donor numbers, the number

of tissue donors has increased in the

last two financial years, with a

67%

increase

in tissue donor numbers in

2016/17 compared to 2015/16.

64%

of SNBTS tissue donors were

also

organ donors

in

2016/17

.

• Despite this very significant increase in

tissue donation, there is still an unmet

clinical demand for

heart valves

and

occasionally

tendons

.

• In addition, in 2016/17

141

people

in Scotland donated their eyes, some

of whom also donated organs or

other tissue.

NUMBERS OF

TISSUE DONATIONS

DECEASED

TISSUE DONORS

Heart Valves Donated

Tissue Only Donors (heart valves

and/or tendons)

Tissue Donors after Organ Donation

53 43 48

80

15

38

14

29

19

29

29

51

Tendons Donated

2013/14 2014/15 2015/16

2016/17

2013/14 2014/15 2015/16

2016/17

Total Number of Donors

72

69

53

62

62

43

76

100

48

99

143

80