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Organ Donation After Circulatory Death: Ethical Issues and International Practices

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posted on 22.05.2019 by Barbara G. Jericho
Donation after circulatory death (DCD) is an increasingly utilized practice that can contribute to reducing the difference between the supply of organs and the demand for organs for transplantation. As the number of transplanted organs from DCD donors continues to increase, there is an essential need to address the ethical aspects of DCD in institutional DCD protocols and clinical practice. Ethical issues of respecting the end-of-life wishes of a potential donor, respecting a recipient’s wishes, and addressing potential conflicts of interest are important considerations in developing policies and procedures for DCD programs. Although there may be diversity among DCD programs in Europe, Australia, Israel, China, the United States of America, and Canada, addressing ethical considerations in these DCD programs is essential to respect donors and recipients during the altruistic and generous act of organ donation.

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This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in Jericho, B. G. (2019). Organ Donation After Circulatory Death: Ethical Issues and International Practices. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 128(2), 280-285. doi:10.1213/ANE.0000000000003448.

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Jericho, B. G. (2019). Organ Donation After Circulatory Death: Ethical Issues and International Practices. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 128(2), 280-285. doi:10.1213/ANE.0000000000003448

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Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins

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en

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0003-2999

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01/02/2019

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