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We should not let families stop organ donation from their dead relatives
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 1470242
Author(s) Shaw, David
Author(s) at UniBasel Shaw, David
Year 2012
Year: comment August
Title We should not let families stop organ donation from their dead relatives
Journal BMJ : British medical journal
Volume 345
Pages / Article-Number e5275
Keywords Organ donation, ethics, veto, law

To respect a family’s veto when the patient was on the organ donor register is a failure of moral imagination that leads to a violation of the dead person’s wishes and causes the death of several people (and all the sorrow consequent to this), and many family members who stop donation come to regret their decision. Moving towards elective ventilation might alienate would-be donors and will not be necessary if doctors remember that respecting a veto of organ donation is unethical, unprofessional, and against the spirit of the law.

Publisher British Medical Journal
ISSN/ISBN 0959-535X
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1136/bmj.e5275
PubMed ID
ISI-Number WOS:000307496500012
Document type (ISI) Editorial Material

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