April 14, 2012

Should we allow organ donation euthanasia? Alternatives for maximizing the number and quality of organs for transplantation


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The authors promote a concept that is initially shocking- that organ donation euthanasia would be a rational improvement over current practice regarding withdrawal of life support. They argue that there are several untested methods of increasing organ donation, including euthanasia, and that patients should be given the choice of whether and how they would like to donate their organs in the event of withdrawal of life support in intensive care. The argue that controlled euthanasia could increase autonomy and reduce suffering while also increasing the donor pool.

Cardiac Transplantation, Intestinal Transplantation, Liver Transplantation, Lung Transplantation, Pancreas Transplantation, Renal Transplantation

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