Sunday, March 21, 2010

Controversial new organ donation program in ERs

A new federally funded program to promote increased rates of organ donation is under scrutiny.  Advocates say it's a promising new avenue to increasing the number of organs available.  Critics are highly concerned that it crosses too many ethical boundaries.  One bioethicist called the program "ghoulish." Some worry that ER doctors' priorities may become muddled:  given the need to remove organs quickly (after death) to increase donation viability, will a patient's dying process be hastened? Will a patient's family wonder if their loved one's death was not the utmost priority?  Will doctors and care teams feel that their priorities are split between a caring death of one patient and a speedy organ retrieval to help save someone else's life?  

What do you think?  Read about the issue here:

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