Brain Stem Death and Organ Donation
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1989 Oct 21; 299(6706): 1009-1010.
Organs for donation are in short supply in the United Kingdom, resulting in allegations that relatives of potential donors are not being asked for consent. Legislation on "required request" has been proposed to overcome this. The incidence, causes, complications, and patterns of organ donation in brain stem dead patients in one referral centre were studied over 12 months. Data were collected on all patients fulfilling criteria for brain stem death or considered suitable for donating organs after circulatory arrest. Forty-two patients fulfilled the criteria for brain stem death, and in 10 further patients circulatory arrest occurred before formal testing was finished...The commonest reasons for failure to donate were medical unsuitability (13) and the coroner not releasing the body (eight)...This study suggests that required request will not considerably increase the supply of donor organs.
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