Ethical Considerations in Listing Fetuses as Candidates for Neonatal Heart Transplantation
Michaels, Marian G.
JAMA. 1993 Jan 20; 269(3): 401-403.
As medical professionals who care for transplant candidates and have concern for honest and fair distribution of human organs, we have a responsibility to address the ethical issues we face [concerning fetuses as candidates for neonatal heart transplantation]. We consider three questions herein: 1. Should physicians place a fetus on the UNOS [United Network for Organ Sharing] candidate transplantation waiting list? If so, at what gestational age should the fetus become a candidate?; 2. Should all infants and fetuses have equal status?; [and] 3. What role should additional risk to the fetus' mother (such as cesarean section) play in deciding how to proceed?
Biomedical Technologies; Cesarean Section; Congenital Disorders; Consent; Diagnosis; Fetuses; Guidelines; Gestational Age; Health; Hearts; Heart Transplantation; Infants; Informed Consent; Maternal Health; Newborns; Organ Transplantation; Patient Care; Physicians; Pregnant Women; Prenatal Diagnosis; Resource Allocation; Risk; Scarcity; Selection for Treatment; Tissue Transplantation; Transplantation;
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