Policy Issues in a Non-Heart-Beating Donor Protocol
Robertson, John A.
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. 1993 Jun; 3(2): 241-250.
The Pittsburgh protocol is ethically and legally acceptable as written, but more research is needed to determine if it can be implemented in ways that will observe the procedures that make it ethically acceptable. If so, its desirability as public policy will depend on the number of organs it is likely to generate and its effects on public attitudes toward organ donation generally. In the final analysis, the controversial aspects of this protocol concern symbolic issues about respect for the dead and near dead, rather than substantive concerns that real patient interests will be harmed.
Allowing to Die; Attitudes; Body Parts and Fluids; Cadavers; Cardiac Death; Consent; Death; Determination of Death; Disclosure; Drugs; Evaluation; Family Members; Health; Hearts; Informed Consent; Institutional Policies; Killing; Organ Donation; Organ Transplantation; Policy Analysis; Public Policy; Research; Risks and Benefits; Scarcity; Standards; Third Party Consent; Tissue Donation; Transplantation; Values; Withholding Treatment;
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