Policy and Procedure Manual: Management of Terminally Ill Patients Who May Become Organ Donors After Death
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. 1993 Jun; 3(2): A1-A15.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center presently has Guidelines on Forgoing Life Sustaining Treatment (Policy #4007). Patients or their surrogates can decide to forgo life sustaining treatment and the Guidelines authorize comfort measures for patients wishing to forgo such treatment. Furthermore, all patients have the right to elect organ donation in the event of their death. For the last 20 years, the great majority of organ donors have been persons declared dead by brain death criteria. However, donation by persons who die from cardiac or respiratory failure is legal and was a commonly accepted practice before brain death criteria were established. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center ("UPMC") believes that it is ethically appropriate to consider organ procurement from nonheartbeating donors. The purpose of this document is to provide an ethically justifiable and auditable policy that respects the rights of the patients to have life support removed and to donate organs if they wish to do so.
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