Statutory Definitions of Death and the Management of Terminally Ill Patients Who May Become Organ Donors After Death
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. 1993 Jun; 3(2): 145-155.
The law stipulates that death is irreversible. Patients treated in accord with the Pittsburgh protocol have death pronounced when their condition might well be reversed by intervention that is intentionally withheld. Nevertheless, the protocol is in accord with the medical "Guidelines for the Determination of Death." However, the Guidelines fail to capture the intent of the law, which turns out to be a good thing, for the law embodies a faulty definition of death. The inclusion of "irreversible" in the legal definition makes that definition excessively demanding and out of step with the ordinary concept of death. On this basis the protocol is absolved of the moral but not the legal charge that it involves vivisection.
Body Parts and Fluids; Brain; Brain Death; Cardiac Death; Death; Determination of Death; Donors; Guidelines; Hearts; Hospitals; Law; Legal Aspects; Organ Donation; Organ Donors; Patients; Physicians; Resuscitation; Standards; Terminally Ill; Tissue Donation; Treatment Refusal; Vivisection; Withholding Treatment;
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Policy and Procedure Manual: Management of Terminally Ill Patients Who May Become Organ Donors After Death Unknown author (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 1993-06)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 ...