The field of transplant ethics is a specialty within the practice of clinical ethics. The goals of transplant ethics are to promote the integrity of transplant medicine, and the welfare of living donors and organ recipients. Because organs are very scarce and a precious gift, transplant ethics aims for organ allocation to those with the capacity to benefit from it.
There are many ethical dilemmas and complex situations that can arise during transplant and organ donation. Examples of transplant dilemmas include the following:
Ethics assessment of fulminant patients;
Transplantation for those who are uninsured or underinsured;
Assessment of patients expressing ambivalence about pursuing transplant;
Assessment of patients with compliance problems;
Ethics assessments of living donor candidates;
Ethics assessments for candidates with mental health issues;
Policy matters such as organ tourism, solicitation of living donors, prisoners & parolees, and extended criteria organs (e.g., organs from older donors);
Assessment of patients considering permanent or bridge use of ventricular assist devices;
Assessment of hand and face transplant candidates & VCA living donor candidates
2016: BIOETHICS GRAND ROUNDS (sessions offered throughout the year in conjunction with Bond University Medical Program, Gold Coast University Hospital, and Pindara Private Hospital. Students and health care staff (doctors, nurses, allied health, chaplains, etc) are welcome to attend. For details, see below.
Nov 21, 2015: "The Roles and Ethical Responsibilities of Medical Subspecialities in Organ Donation." Symposium on Ethical Challenges in Organ Donation. Doha, Qatar.
Nov 21, 2015: "Clinical Ethics Workshop: Understanding and Managing Ethical Issues at the End of Life." Symposium on Ethical Challenges in Organ Donation. Doha, Qatar.
Nov 25, 2015: "The Ethical Complexity of Regenerative Medicine: Growing and Sharing Livers." University of Zurich Institute of Biomedical Ethics.
Nov 30, 2015: "Moving Facial Transplantation Forward." University of Zurich Hospital Department of Plastic Surgery.
Apr 25, 2016: "Moving Facial Transplantation Forward." European Society for Organ Transplantation ELPAT Congress. Rome, Italy.
Apr 25, 2016: "The Ethical Complexity of Regenerative Medicine: Growing and Sharing Livers." European Society for Organ Transplantation ELPAT Congress. Rome, Italy.
May 02, 2016: "Enhancing Opportunities for Organ Donation in Australia." Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Meeting. Brisbane, AU.
Oct 18, 2016: "Identifying Altruism in Good Samaritan Organ Donors." Webinar sponsored by The Living Bank. Houston, TX.
[date TBD]: "Strategies to Increase VCA Donations." Webinar sponsored by The International Society for Vasculairzed Composite Allotransplantation.
Asking for help:This web site is educational and intended to inform patients, donors, and families about some of the key issues in transplantation and living donation. If you are a patient, potential organ donor, someone who has donated, or a caregiver and you need ethics advice, please request an ethics consult from your hospital ethicist. If you have been a live donor or are a potential donor, you can also seek guidance from the Donor Advocate at your transplant center. In the USA, the availabilty of a Donor Advocate/Donor Advocate Team is a Federal requirement for all transplant centers.
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