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Family remains traumatized after organ donor ID mix-up

Family remains traumatized after organ donor ID mix-up | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Mike Hernandez, a husband and father of three, died suddenly last spring. He was just 48 years old. What happened around the time of his death when his wife was approached about whether he wished to be an organ donor is the subject of this article.

 

There seems to be a problem with the initial identification of whether Mike Hernandez recorded a yes or a no to organ donation via the motor vehicle drivers license registry. What then transpired according to his wife is outlined in more detail in the article which can be accessed via clicking on the banner headline.  

Deborah Verran's insight:

Any 'mix up' over the correct identification of the prior wishes on organ donation can lead to anguish and concern amongst family members. This case highlights the importance of cross checking information.

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When the living and the deceased don't agree on organ donation - Medical Xpress

When the living and the deceased don't agree on organ donation - Medical Xpress | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

What are the  possible outcomes when family members are not in agreement with the previous expressed wishes of a potential organ donor? What does this mean in practice?

 

This report titled 'When the living and the deceased don't agree on organ donation' is of the results of a survey performed of the Directors of 58 Organ Procurement Organizations in the United States.

 

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the 2006 Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA) or enacted similar legislation giving individuals the "First Person Authorization'. So what impact does this have in practice when healthcare professionals are faced with a variance in opinion between the family members of a potential organ donor and the donors' previously stated wishes? Click on the banner headline to read a summary of the results of the survey.

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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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