Iowa Donor Network (IDN) is a non-profit organization that operates as the primary contact for organ, tissue and eye donation services for the state of Iowa. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have certified IDN to function as the single organ procurement agency in the state. IDN also serves as the tissue recovery agency for the state.
As an organization, we strive to provide the best possible care to our donor families, facilitate the recovery of organs and tissues, educate the communities we serve and support special events to promote donation throughout Iowa. To fulfill our mission, we collaborate with the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, healthcare professionals and organizations statewide to honor the gift of life.
What We Do
· Provide Iowans with the information needed to make an informed decision about becoming a registered donor
· Manage the Iowa Donor Registry
· Support and honor donor families
· Design processes to ensure the safety of donated organs and tissue
· Provide clinical support for organ and tissue recovery
· Educate professional partners about the donation process
Organizations like IDN work daily to identify eligible donors and make organs and tissue available to people waiting for lifesaving and life-enhancing transplants. View the information and link on this page to see how we’re addressing this challenge to give hope and life to people in need.
Stats and Facts
· Every 10 minutes a new person is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.
· An average of 20 people die each day while waiting.
· On average, 92 transplants take place every day in the U.S.
· In 2018, the lives of 36,500 Americans were saved by organ donation.
· In 2018, nearly 6,900 living donors gave the gift of life.
· One donor can save up to 8 lives through organ donation and save and heal more than 200 lives through tissue donation.
· Every driver’s education class in Iowa must have one educational session on organ, tissue and eye donation for their students.