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Combining reports, research findings and topic reviews
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A Brain Is Dead, a Heart Beats On

A Brain Is Dead, a Heart Beats On | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

A court was recently called to intervene after a California hospital pronounced a girl dead after complications from surgery, but her family insists that she is alive. The case has attracted both conventional media and social media discussion and comment as it has played out via repeated court proceedings and subsequent action.

 

For commentary via the New York Times click on the banner headline.

 

For an Intensive Care Unit nursing perspective on this case click on the following link posted via the Hastings Center-

http://www.thehastingscenter.org/Bioethicsforum/Post.aspx?id=6679&blogid=140

 

For commentary on the management of another case of a pregnant woman being cared for in a Texas hospital following also being declared brain dead click on the following link to a blog composed by a Paediatric Specialist-

http://www.carilionclinic.org/blogs/ackerman/another-side-brain-death?utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=bufferc8257&utm_medium=twitter

 

Finally for the update on the outcome of the legal battle waged by the realtives of the youn girl pronounced dead in a Califronia hospital click on the following link-

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/girl-declared-brain-dead-moved-hospital

 

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

The management of patients following a diagnosis of brain death continues to provide challenges within the United States.

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Organ donation: Opt-in vs Opt-out - Nation | The Star Online

Organ donation: Opt-in vs Opt-out - Nation | The Star Online | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Is Malaysia ready for an opt-out system when it comes to organ donations? (Malaysia has one of the lowest cadaveric organ donation rates in the world, according to the World Health...

 

Interesting discussion on the pro's versus the con's of opt in versus opt out in Malaysia, noting that the family are always approached for authorization in the setting of deceased donation.

 

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The Dead-Donor Rule and the Future of Organ Donation — NEJM

The Dead-Donor Rule and the Future of Organ Donation — NEJM | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Two articles which fall into the category of Perspective from The New England Journal of Medicine have now been published in full text online.

 

The first— The Dead-Donor Rule and the Future of Organ Donation- 

http://t.co/WvLMW6ZQ5i explores the issues surrounding the circumstances where potential organ donors do not become actual organ donors when certain criteria are not able to be met. This includes scenarios where the potential donor after the declaration of circulatory death (DCD) does not decease within the accepted timeframe and hence organ donation is unable to proceed.

 

 

 The second explores why the Dead Donor Rule is in place within the United States and what are the implications of either continuing to adhere to this rule or moving to change it. This can be viewed via-

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1308078

 

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

Essential reading for ethicists, policy makers and everyone who has a professional interest in organ donation systems.

 

The background context to these articles appearing at this point in time are the case scenarios that are outlined in the first artcle.

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Facebook and organ donor status – Interesting discussion via k8lin.com

Facebook and organ donor status – Interesting discussion via k8lin.com | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Will the Facebook organ donation initiative actually lead to an actual increase in the dnor rate? What is the evidence to support this initiative leading to a sustained alteration in the rates of organ donation?

 

This interesting blog post about Facebook and organ donation has been sourced via Twitter from @k8lin http://t.co/UAkS51i7.......... If you have links to the organ donation sector this may be of interest.

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