|Topic:||Non-Heart-Beating Organ Transplantation: Medical and Ethical Issues in Procurement|
THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Division of Health Care Services
Project on Medical and Ethical Issues in Maintaining the Viability of Organs for Transplantation
December 16, 1997
Non-Heart-Beating Organ Transplantation:
Medical and Ethical Issues in Procurement
Questions have arisen that some medical procedures designed to preserve the quality of donated organs may not sufficiently consider the interests of potential donors. A report by the Institute of Medicine entitled Non-Heart-Beating Organ Transplantation: Medical and Ethical Issues in Procurement examines the ethical and medical considerations related to the procurement of organs from a donor whose heart has stopped beating. It looks at the alternative medical approaches and prevailing ethical norms regarding the rights and welfare of donors in the context of efforts to increase organ supply.
This briefing was for Members of Congress and/or congressional staff. The report was publicly released on December 18, 1997 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.