Exclusion Criteria

  1. Medical Exclusion Criteria

    • State of decomposition, based on delay between death and program notification. Ideally the program will be notified within 24 hours after death, and the donation will be received within 72 hours.
    • Neurological diseases (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease)
    • Contagious diseases (i.e. Hepatitis, Bacterial Meningitis, A.I.D.S. / H.I.V., Tuberculosis, Gangrene, C. difficile, COVID-19)
    • Antibiotic Resistant Bacterial Infections (MRSA, VRE)
    • Sepsis immediately preceding death
    • Metastatic cancers
    • Major joint or limb deformities (i.e. severe Kyphosis, severe osteoarthritis)
    • Death by accident involving major trauma
  1. Demographic Eligibility

    The boundaries of the University of Calgary's service area for accepting donations are: North to Red Deer (including Red Deer proper), South to U.S.A. border, East to Saskatchewan border and West to B.C. border.

    If a death occurs outside our service area please be aware that we will not be able to accept the donation.

    We reserve the right to amend our service area under certain circumstances on a case by case basis. 

  1. Participation in Other Donation Programs

    While you may register in both programs (Alberta Organ & Tissue Donation Program, and University of Calgary Body Donation Program); actual donation may only be made to one program. We advise prospective donors to council their executers to donate to Organ & Tissue first and if criteria is not met there, then call our program at the University of Calgary to see if our criteria can be met.

    Please contact the Southern Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Program at saotdp@albertahealthservices.ca or 403-944-8700 

  1. Other Exclusion Criteria

    • Extreme emaciation with a BMI of 17 or less
    • Extreme size relative to one's height or weight exceeding a BMI of 27
    • Donors taller than 6’3”
    • Weight greater than 200 lbs
    • Embalming performed prior to donation being received by the program
    • Completion of an autopsy
    • If acceptance would exceed UCalgary storage capacity in the program