I have an advance directive authorizing donation of my organs. Should I also register on the Joshua Abbott Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, or will the advance directive be enough?
In Florida, enrolling on the Joshua Abbott Organ and Tissue Donor Registry is the only way to fully ensure your decision to donate will be honored. Due to the rapid and emotional nature of events surrounding sudden death, often times families do not have time to check legal documents prior to being approached about donation. However, since Florida’s organ and tissue donor registry is viewed in all potential donation cases prior to discussing donation with an individual’s family, we are able to share proof of registration with family members at the time donation is discussed with them.