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Human leg is STOLEN from OneLegacy van en route to a tissue donation in California

Human leg is STOLEN from OneLegacy van en route to a tissue donation in California | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The theft of a human leg from a vehicle occurred early this last week as employees of nonprofit organization OneLegacy were eating at The Original Pantry Cafe in Los Angeles.

 

The theft is now being investigated by authorities as it is illegal to steal human body parts in Western Countries. For more on the story click on the banner headline.

Deborah Verran's insight:

A reminder that it is illegal to interfere with a human body or parts thereof following death.

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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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Chief Medical Officer appointed to a US OPO

Chief Medical Officer appointed to a US OPO | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This last week one of the US Organ Procurement Organization's announced that it had appointed a physician to a top medical post

Following a successful initiative to improve the viability of donated organs, Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS) named Dr Marklin as its new CMO.

Deborah Verran's insight:

Part of an evolving trend to have physicians involved in OPO operations in light of the specialized nature of many of the aspects of organ donor assessment and management

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From unknown to mainstream, Gift of Life program in Philadelphia turns 40

From unknown to mainstream, Gift of Life program in Philadelphia turns 40 | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The Gift of Life Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) has been responsible for the delivery of key services related to organ and tissue donation to the local region for 40 years.

 

The long-time CEO Howard Nathan reflects on nearly four decades in the organ donation and procurement business.

 

Howard provides insights into what it took to take a fledgling organization on a journey towards turning it into one of the leading OPO's within the United States.

Deborah Verran's insight:

A must read for healthcare professionals interested in leadership and management of organizations responsible for key aspects of services delivery within the healthcare sector pertaining to organ and tissue donation.

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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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