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Legal battle over organ donors' final wishes in the NW of the United States

Legal battle over organ donors' final wishes in the NW of the United States | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Recently in the United States a hospital sought resolution of a dispute between the known wishes of a potential organ donor and his family members.

 

As outlined in the article, the young man was declared brain dead as the result of fatal head injuries that he sustained in an automobile accident. It appears that during life, the man had declared his intent to be an organ donor when registering for his drivers license.

 

When family members were approached for authorization for the organ donation process to proceed they refused. At that point the hospital concerned took the matter to court.

 

The organ donation surgery then proceeded, two days following the court hearing. 

 

In this case the court has upheld the principle of 'first person authorization' which has been the subject of a previous post on this site-

 

http://sco.lt/6IC1dh

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

Their are some inaccuracies in the online report. First organ retrieval surgery is not performed prior to death. Second the term 'harvest' is no longer deemed an appropriate descriptor of the surgical organ recovery process.

 

The case does bring home the importance of family members all being aware of their loved ones wishes when it comes to organ donation.

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Government rejects presumed consent - swissinfo.ch

Government rejects presumed consent - swissinfo.ch | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

News that the Swiss Government has rejected presumed consent, the reasons for which are stated in the article including mainitaining community trust in organ donation.

 

This now positions Switzerland alongside Spain, the United States, Austria and Australia, who are all working on increasing organ donation as a result of a number of combined and targeted measures,...

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The Ethics Of Solving The Transplant Organ Shortage

The Ethics Of Solving The Transplant Organ Shortage | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

At the 2014 AAAS meeting in Chicago, medical ethicist Mark Siegler laid out a framework for a potentially provocative solution to the shortage of kidneys available for transplantation.

 

His recommendations all pertain to enhancing live kidney donation as a means of increasing the number of kidney transplants that can be performed, particularly within the United States.

Deborah Verran's insight:

In order to optimise the number of live donor kidney transplants that are able to be undertaken within any country it is important to examine where barriers may exist

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