Liver transplantation using 'donation after circulatory death' donors: the ethics of managing the end-of-life care of potential donors to achieve organs suitable for transplantation

Clinical Ethics 6 (3):134-139 (2011)
The decline in organs donated after brain death has been countered by an increase in organs donated after circulatory death. Organs donated after circulatory death present an increased risk of complications for their eventual recipients when compared with organs donated after brain death, so the likelihood of successful transplantation is decreased. If organ donation is considered to be in the best interests of the patient, interventions that facilitate successful donation and transplantation might be permissible. This paper seeks to establish whether it is ethically permissible to manage the end-of-life care of a dying patient to maximize the chances of successful transplantation, and if so, whether it is permissible to further maximize these chances by managing the potential donor to enable donation after brain death rather than donation after circulatory death
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DOI 10.1258/ce.2011.011024
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