Skip to comments.Centralizing organ removal may benefit transplants
Posted on 02/24/2014 11:07:19 PM PST by Olog-hai
For decades, surgeons have traveled to far-off hospitals to remove organs from brain-dead donors and then rushed back to transplant them. Now an experiment in the Midwest suggests there may be a better way: Bring the donors to the doctors instead.
A study out Tuesday reports on liver transplants from the nations first free-standing organ retrieval center. Nearly all organ donors now are transported to Mid-America Transplant Services in St. Louis from a region including parts of Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas.
Removing organs at this central location near the four hospitals that do transplants saves money, the study found. The livers spent less time outside the donors body, which at least in theory improves the odds of success. Doctors also think they are getting more usable organs from each donor, though this study only looked at livers.
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I’d like my new liver now, please.
It might even work better if they didn’t have to wait for people to die to remove their organs.
Sounds like a plan.
Soylent Green... Is PEOPLE!!!
Next of kin might be convinced to let the doctors take a part here and there, but how many are going to consent to feeding their loved one’s body into an industrial process in a faraway city? What do you bury? A receipt?
In order for this scheme to work, the opinion of the next of kin must not matter. This is a decision the State would make for its own convenience and efficiency.
My mind can't comprehend sitting by the phone day and night, waiting and hoping for someone to die so that I might extend my life a few years.
I am all for voluntary organ donation. The problem is that the state gets involved, and starts acting like the state, maximizing control and standardizing procedures for its own convenience.
For instance, in my home state of New Jersey, there is a tick box on the Drivers License. It used to mean that you designated yourself an organ donor for the purposes of transplant. Who could object to that? I used to check that box without even thinking about it.
The last time I was in to get my license renewed, I read the pamphlet, and it the new rule is that by checking the box, you give the State of New Jersey the right to use your body for any one of a number of purposes in addition to life saving organ donation, such as medical research or as a training cadaver in schools. Now, I don’t mind if somebody takes a few spare parts before putting the rest of me in the ground, but I do not want to be used as a training cadaver in Mrs. Crabapples 7th Grade Biology Class. Unfortunately, the State of New Jersey does not have a mechanism for you to agree to one without the other, so nobody checks the box.
The result is that the State of New Jersey hoodwinks a few people who don’t read the pamphlet into being used for things they never envisioned, but the number of organs available for transplant goes down, as everybody who reads the pamphlet is horrified.
“We’ve come for your liver.”
Maybe we could just declare Detroit as organ retrieval center.
So who pays for this incredible expense?
Once someone is declared dead, even the best insurance stops paying at the declaration of death.
We have heard of stories where the bodies are kept viable for organ donation for days, and the dead donor’s estate or family is billed for the expensive process.
Sorry to hear about your situation.
Thanks for posting your concerns: “Reading this article only confirms after much research and thought, confirms to me that organ transplanting is unnatural and ghoulish.”
My wife was an RN all of her adult life, we know many RNs and Doctors, who swore to never do any harm and to prolong life where possible.
Where will these people be when ObozoCare demands that they remove a liver, lung, kidneys or what ever from a still warm body with the process to keep the organs viable still going?
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