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Investigation being undertaken of the organ donor retrieval process for a case in Germany

Investigation being undertaken of the organ donor retrieval process for a case in Germany | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The German Medical Association is investigating an incident where surgeons began to operate on a north German man who was not strictly brain dead.

 

The specifics of the case are not known however it has been confirmed that an investigation will now be undertaken for a case where concerns have been expressed around the sequence of events during organ retrieval surgery.

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It is essential that the certification of brain death follows established protocols and standards to prevent unintended consequences.

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Mass donor organ fraud shakes Germany - The Guardian

Mass donor organ fraud shakes Germany - The Guardian | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This is just one of a number of news reports out of Germany in recent months. Now German medical authorities are calling for an extensive overhaul of the country's organ transplant programme after transplant centres across Germany were placed under criminal investigation for what appears to be mis-allocation of organs.

 

There has already been an impact of this news on organ donation rates within Germany as reported via-

http://www.dw.de/germany-lags-behind-in-organ-donations/a-16498057?maca=en-rss-en-all-1573-rdf

 

 Added commentary from The Lancet

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2813%2960071-9/fulltext?elsca1=TW&elsca2=socialmedia

 

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

These are the kind of headlines that lead to a loss of public confidence in organ donation. Now everything possible needs to be done within Germany to restore the community's faith in the organ donation system. It is evident from the statements being in all of these articles, that this whole issue needs to be seriously addressed and ultimately changes in practice occur.

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