Current Statistics

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 everyday 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.

View the Latest Donation Statistics

Iowa Donor Network’s Donation Activity as of 09/30/19

Organ Donors: 66
Organs Recovered for Transplant: 236
Tissue Donors: 689

Local and National Waiting List as of 10/01/19

National Organ Waiting List: 112,879
Iowa Organ Waiting List: 569

Iowa Organ Waiting List by Organ as of 10/01/19

Heart – 32
Lungs – 13
Liver – 16
Kidney – 504
Kidney/Pancreas – 4
Pancreas – 0

Our Vision:

All are inspired to donate life.