Overdose With Suicidal Intent: Ethical Considerations for Liver Transplant Programs
Schiano, Thomas D
Liver transplantation : official publication of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society 2011 Sep; 17(9): 1111-6
Liver transplantation (LT) programs encounter patients with fulminant hepatic failure resulting from suicide attempts involving acetaminophen or multidrug ingestion. Members of transplant teams often have different opinions about whether these patients should be offered transplantation. Disagreements can delay the transfer of these patients to a transplant facility and negatively affect their management. Currently, transplant programs have no guidelines to help them with their decisions about the appropriateness of LT for these patients. Here we present a clinical case encountered at our facility, and we discuss ethical principles that should help programs to make informed decisions about transplantation for these patients.
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