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Dying but not killing: donation after cardiac death donors and the recovery of vital organs.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21089993     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Michael Potts, Paul A. Byrne, and David W. Evans are critical of donation after cardiac death (DCD). Contrary to the authors' assertion that the removal of vital organs is the proximate cause of death, the eventual fulfillment of the neurological criteria of death is solely dependant on the rate of brain cell death in the absence of circulation. Consistent with the "dead donor rule," DCD is not the cause of death.There are also procedural mechanisms to address the potential conflicts of interest that concern the authors. Rather than being prohibited, DCD may be an ethically justifiable exception to the rule that organ donors must be dead prior to organ recovery.
Armand H Matheny Antommaria
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comment; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of clinical ethics     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1046-7890     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Ethics     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-22     Completed Date:  2010-12-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9114645     Medline TA:  J Clin Ethics     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  229-31     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Ethics, Clinical
Ethics, Medical
Homicide* / ethics,  legislation & jurisprudence
Organ Transplantation / ethics,  legislation & jurisprudence
Physicians / ethics*
Tissue and Organ Harvesting / ethics*,  legislation & jurisprudence*
Tissue and Organ Procurement / ethics*,  legislation & jurisprudence*
Comment On:
J Clin Ethics. 2010 Fall;21(3):224-8   [PMID:  21089992 ]

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