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TGLN - Routine Notification

Since 2012, Halton Healthcare has been a part of a program known as Routine Notification through Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN).  This requires staff to report every impending patient death so TGLN can identify potential donors and then specially trained staff can approach families to re-affirm a donor’s consent.

The program has historically run only in the Critical Care and Emergency Departments, but it will now expand to the entire hospital. Designated staff in all departments are now mandated to contact TGLN when a patient dies or when the family asks about donation.

By implementing Routine Notification across the entire hospital, HHS hopes to incorporate donation as a routine part of quality end of life care throughout the entire hospital. There is often potential for tissue donation in deaths occurring outside of the critical care and emergency department, and this expansion will mean an increase in the availability of tissue for transplant. Right now, Ontario is only meeting 8% of the need. The gift of tissue can be life changing, and even life saving for a recipient, as shown following:

  • After sight-restoring corneal transplant surgery facilitated through the gift of eye donation, recipients can return to work or school.
  • Donated skin can mean the difference between life and death for firefighters and other burn survivors. 
  • Donated heart valves are used to replace the diseased or damaged valves of young children, giving them the chance to live a normal, healthy life.
  • Bone transplants return full mobility to patients of all ages, allowing them to resume active hobbies and live independently.  

For more information on Routine Notification, email hospitalsupport@giftoflife.on.ca.

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