Conflict of Interest in the Procurement of Organs From Cadavers Following Withdrawal of Life Support
Shaw, Byers W.
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. 1993 Jun; 3(2): 179-187.
The University of Pittsburgh policy for procuring organs from non-heart-beating cadaver donors recognizes the potential for conflicts of interest between caring for a "hopelessly ill" patient who has forgone life-sustaining treatment and caring for a potential organ donor. The policy calls for a separation between those medical personnel who care for the gravely ill patient and those involved with the care of transplant recipients. While such a separation is possible in theory, it is difficult or impossible to attain in practice. However, such a separation of duties would be unnecessary if an arbitrator were appointed to monitor the proceedings as they take place on a case-by-case basis. In this way, the biases -- real or potential -- of the individuals involved could be identified, and the harmful effects of the unavoidable conflicts of interest could be minimized.
Allowing to Die; Body Parts and Fluids; Brain; Brain Death; Cadavers; Cardiac Death; Caring; Conflict of Interest; Critically Ill; Death; Decision Making; Determination of Death; Donors; Hearts; Hospitals; Institutional Policies; Life; Motivation; Organ Donation; Organ Transplantation; Patient Care; Physicians; Suffering; Terminal Care; Terminally Ill; Tissue Donation; Transplant Recipients; Transplantation; Withholding Treatment;
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