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Organ Donation After Cardiac Death: A Louisiana Hospital Ethics Committee Perspective
Southern University Law Review (2011)
  • Frederick J White, III
  • J. Kelly Elrod
Abstract
In the first decade of the new century renewed efforts at fostering organ donation and transplantation have included the development of organ donation after cardiac death (DCD) as a means of increasing the supply of donor organs. Current initiatives to increase DCD awareness and utilization include those of accreditation, organ procurement/transplantation, and governmental entities. These initiatives have established new requirements for donor hospitals and transplant center hospitals, and have also increased discussion of the ethical issues raised by organ donation after cardiac death. The Institutional Ethics Committee of the Willis-Knighton Health System recently completed an extensive review of organ donation after cardiac death, culminating in institutional approval of a policy governing the practice of DCD within the health system. This paper details findings developed by our Committee in the completion of that process, and includes discussion of the nature and rationale of organ donation after cardiac death, the statutory basis and regulatory environment pertaining to DCD, and recent initiatives of governmental and non-governmental entities regarding DCD. We also discuss certain principal ethical concerns raised by the practice of organ donation after cardiac death and the judgments of our Committee regarding those concerns.
Keywords
  • organ donation,
  • death,
  • donation after cardiac death,
  • donation after circulatory determination of death,
  • heart transplantation,
  • brain death,
  • uniform anatomicla gift act
Publication Date
Fall 2011
Citation Information
Frederick J. White III and J. Kelly Elrod. "Organ Donation After Cardiac Death: A Louisiana Hospital Ethics Committee Perspective" Southern University Law Review 39.1 (2011): 71-197.