Organ transplantation and ethics

The impossible dream of replacing a dead or dying vital organ, such as a kidney or a heart, with a living one became a reality on December 23,when Drs. Rejection was prevented by their genetic similarity, and the recipient lived another 8 years. Many years of experimental transplants, mostly on animals and occasionally on humans, led to this miraculous moment of success. Many obstacles remained, particularly the problems of transplanting organs between persons who were not genetically identical.

Organ transplantation and ethics

Request a Consult What is Transplant Ethics? The field of transplant ethics is a specialty within the practice of clinical ethics. The goals of transplant ethics are to promote the integrity of transplant medicine, and the welfare of living donors and organ recipients.

Because organs are very scarce and a precious gift, transplant ethics aims for organ allocation to those with the capacity to benefit from it. There are many ethical dilemmas and complex situations that can arise during transplant and organ donation. Examples of transplant dilemmas include the following: This web site is educational and intended to inform patients, donors, and families about some of the key issues in transplantation and living donation.

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If you are a patient, potential organ donor, someone who has donated, or a caregiver and you need ethics advice, please request an ethics consult from your hospital ethicist. If you have been a live donor or are a potential donor, you can also seek guidance from the Donor Advocate at your transplant center.

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Organ transplantation and ethics

5 MEDICAL ISSUES What is organ transplantation? An organ transplant is a surgical operation where a failing or damaged organ in the human body is. Most organs for transplantation come from cadavers, but as these have failed to meet the growing need for organs, attention has turned to organs from living donors.

Organ donation by living donors.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Health Care Decisions & Advance Directives. The answers to these questions are taken from the booklet "Taking Steps to Plan for Critical Health Care Decisions" published by the Vermont Ethics Network. We are actively involved in raising awareness and education for organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

We maintain a national transplant registry for interprovincial organ sharing and related programs and we help save and improve lives by working closely with the organ and tissue donation and transplantation communities.

In Death, Dying, and Organ Transplantation: Reconstructing Medical Ethics at the End of Life, Miller and Truog challenge fundamental doctrines of established medical argue that the routine practice of stopping life support technology in hospitals causes the death of patients and that donors of vital organs (hearts, lungs, liver, and both kidneys) are not really dead at the time.

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