The Advancing Slippery Slope of Organ Donation and Euthanasia

The timing of organ donation relative to death of the donor is critical to the survivability and future functioning of the donated organs in the transplant recipient. With cardiovascular death, circulation ceases in the donor causing his or her death, making it legally and ethically permissible to retrieve the organs for donation. Unfortunately, cardiovascular death … Continue reading "The Advancing Slippery Slope of Organ Donation and Euthanasia"
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The objective of this study is to evaluate an innovative HSP90 inhibitor (HSP90i) as a cardioprotective agent in a model of DCD heart.
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
We report on the recovery of neonatal organs and tissues for research. A working group made up of bioethicists, neonatologists, lawyers, o bstetric practioners as well as organ procurement and tissue banking professionals evaluated legal, ethical and medical issues. Neonatal donor family members were also consulted. Our primary goals were (a) to ensure that referrals were made in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, r egulations and institutional protocols, and (b) to follow acceptable ethical standards. Algorithms and policies designed to assist in the evaluation of potential neonatal donors were develop...
Source: Cell and Tissue Banking - Category: Stem Cells Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewKidney transplantation is the best treatment for end-stage renal disease. However, due to organ shortage, suboptimal grafts are increasingly being used.Recent FindingsWe carried out a review on the methods and techniques of organ optimization in the cadaveric setting.SummaryDonor care is the first link in a chain of care. Right after brain death, there is a set of changes, of which hormonal and hemodynamic changes are the most relevant. Several studies have been conducted to determine which drugs to administer, although in most cases, the results are not definitive. The main goal seems rather achie...
Source: Current Urology Reports - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
Purpose of review Organ transplantation has largely expanded over the last decades and despite several improvements have been made in the complex process occurring between the identification of organ donors and organ transplant, there is still a chronic inability to meet the needs of patients. Consequently, the optimization of the transplant process through its different steps is crucial, and the role of the intensivists is fundamental as it requires clinical, managerial and communication skills to avoid the loss of potential donors. The purpose of this review is to provide an update on the transplant process from the ea...
Source: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: INTENSIVE CARE AND RESUSCITATION: Edited by Marc Leone Source Type: research
Conclusions. The risk of disease transmission due to organ transplantation from donors with CNS tumors was very low. Thus, organ donation from such donors should be promoted actively to expand the donor range.
Source: Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Reviews Source Type: research
Week-long storage boosts time organs are usable and distances over which they can be movedHuman livers from organ donors can now be preserved for a week, researchers have revealed, a dramatic improvement on previous techniques, which could only keep the organs usable for a matter of hours.The technology could boost the number of livers available for transplantation and offer new approaches to treating diseases such asliver cancer.Continue reading...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Organ donation Medical research Health Society Science World news Source Type: news
Conclusions: Our findings showed that refusal by the family was the most common reason for failure of deceased organ donations. To maximize the number of procured organs, transplant communities need to focus on increasing awareness regarding brain death and organ donation and establish strategies to increase consent obtained from the families. PMID: 31903853 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Acta Chirurgica Belgica - Category: Surgery Tags: Acta Chir Belg Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS For hospital staff in Japanese medical facilities, high knowledge about organ donation and transplantation was not associated with donor registration, but was associated with willingness to become an organ donor. PMID: 31896742 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Annals of Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: Ann Transplant Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: This is the first survey describing the attitudes of healthcare providers towards cardiac DCDD. We identified widespread support for cardiac DCDD and its implementation in Canada among Canadian healthcare providers within the organ donation and transplantation community in Canada. PMID: 31898778 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Can J Anaesth Source Type: research
ConclusionThis is the first survey describing the attitudes of healthcare providers towards cardiac DCDD. We identified widespread support for cardiac DCDD and its implementation in Canada among Canadian healthcare providers within the organ donation and transplantation community in Canada.
Source: Canadian Journal of Anesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: research
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