Respecting wishes and avoiding conflict: understanding the ethical basis for organ donation and retrieval

Farsides, Bobbie (2012) Respecting wishes and avoiding conflict: understanding the ethical basis for organ donation and retrieval. British Journal of Anaesthesia, 108 (S1). i73-i79. ISSN 1471-6771

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Abstract

Many people care deeply about what happens to their own and their loved ones' bodies after death. It is therefore important to capture individuals' wishes and ensure that they are respected as far as practically possible. At the same time, healthcare professionals need to feel confident that they are morally entitled to do what they need to do to ensure that someone's wishes are fulfilled. This article explores the decision to donate one's organs after death. It attempts to reconcile the way in which people are required to express their wish to donate organs with the need to reassure and support the professionals, who will care for them if they become potential donors. Current donor registration processes leave some professionals feeling that donors have not consented in the usual manner to procedures, which might be necessary before death. It is suggested that this issue could be addressed without imposing information overload on prospective donors, by changing the way in which the wish to donate is understood and expressed.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Clinical Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R723 Medical philosophy. Medical ethics
Depositing User: Ellen Thomas
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2012 15:52
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2012 15:52
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/41580
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