Mandating organ donation

Posted by / 19-Aug-2020 23:03

Numerous factors affect the retrieval of organs from the dead.

These include: the nature of people’s deaths (in only perhaps fewer than 1% of deaths can organs currently be taken, and countries vary according to the number of strokes, car crashes, shootings, and other causes of death that lend themselves to retrieval); the number of intensive care units (ICUs) (most donors die there and fewer ICUs makes for fewer donors); the medical factors that determine whether organs are retrieved successfully; the logistical factors that determine the efficient use of available organs; the extent of public awareness of transplantation; and the ethical-legal rules for consent that determine who is allowed to block or permit retrieval.

Both donation after brain death and donation after circulatory death invite the important philosophical—not just medical—question “what is it to be dead”?

(See the entry on the definition of death.) Even though far more people die than require new organs, organs are scarce.

Public policy initiatives have long aimed to increase organ donor designation, most recently through the use of educational campaigns, broadening the criteria for acceptable organs, and social network campaigns [3-6].

Yet, in 2013, the percentage of adult US residents designated as donors was less than half (48 percent) [7].

We'll also look at some facts regarding organ donation and some statistics.

Facts About Organ Donation You can donate organs at almost any age anywhere between a newborn to a 65 year old can sign up.

In recent years, however, many donors have come from those who have died in the sense of circulatory death.Organ transplantation raises difficult ethical questions about people’s claims to determine what happens to their bodies before and after death. For a long time deceased donors came from those declared brain dead, that is, those who have irreversibly lost their brain function. How should they fit with the claims of organ donors’ families or the needs of people whose own organs have failed? In summary form, the following empirical claims about organ transplantation are widely accepted: The dead are the major sources of organs for transplantation.Organ donation is a highly admirable and responsible thing to do, and is one of the most genuine ways to do something heroic and to potentially save someone's life.At the same time though it is a serious decision and one that can have big implications.

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