Addressing Consent Issues in Donation After Circulatory Determination of Death

Authors: Kim J. Overby, Michael S. Weinstein & Autumn Fiester
The American Journal of Bioethics, Volume 15, Issue 8, 2015
“Given the widening gap between the number of individuals on transplant waiting lists and the availability of donated organs, as well as the recent plateau in donations based on neurological criteria (i.e., brain death), there has been a growing interest in expanding donation after circulatory determination of death. While the prevalence of this form of organ donation continues to increase, many thorny ethical issues remain, often creating moral distress in both clinicians and families. In this article, we address one of these issues, namely, the challenges surrounding patient and surrogate informed consent for donation after circulatory determination of death.”
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