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.