Chapter 1: Introduction
Meet Tracy. Tracy will help you learn more about treatments for kidney failure and introduces you to what a potential donor is.
Chapter 2: Dialysis
Tracy talks about how dialysis works and explains the two main types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.
Chapter 3: Introducing living and deceased donor kidney transplants
Tracy explains the two types of donors, living and deceased, and the two types of living donation, directed donation and non-directed anonymous donation. Charlene and Rhonda tell their story of how Rhonda donated a kidney to Charlene.
Chapter 4: Introducing kidney paired donation
Tracy explains how kidney paired donation works and teaches you about compatible and incompatible pairs.
Chapter 5: Benefits of kidney paired donation
Tracy talks with Dr. Singh and Justin (a transplant recipient) about some of the benefits the Kidney Paired Donation program can offer patients and potential living kidney donors.
Chapter 6: Risks of kidney transplant and donation and kidney paired donation
Tracy and Dr. Singh discuss some of the possible medical risks of surgery for the kidney transplant recipient and the kidney donor, how people might feel about anonymous donation in the Kidney Paired Donation program, and how the donor’s kidney gets to the recipient.
Chapter 7: Timing for kidney paired donatino chains and costs for donation
Tracy talks with transplant coordinators, Cori and George, about how the Kidney Paired Donation program’s computer system matches potential donors and recipients. They also talk about possible expenses for the donor.
Chapter 8: How kidney paired donation works
Tracy talks with coordinators, donors and transplant recipients about the evaluation process and why a donor and recipient might not be compatible or a match.
Chapter 9: What’s right for me?
Tracy talks to people thinking about donating a kidney and patients with end stage kidney disease who are wondering if a transplant might be right for them. They discuss where to find more information and how to get started on their donation and transplant journeys. Knowing where you are in your journey can really help you plan a course of action and take the next step!
Chapter 10: Finding a living donor
Tracy provides some suggestions for how to start talking to people about living donation and how to let them know that you are looking for a donor.
Chapter 11: Conclusion and resources to learn more
Congratulations on completing the My Paired Donation Coach Canada program.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Canada’s Kidney Paired Donation program or living donation, please visit blood.ca/organs-tissues.
To find a living donation program near you, please visit blood.ca/livingdonationprograms
To find out more about kidney paired donation, please visit www.blood.ca/kpd