Donating Organs

Donating Organs

Project description
Organ Donation – Source Summary Source #1:
Fox News: Donating Organs for Cash http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/09/28/donating-organs-for-cash-sparks-controversy/ 1.

What was the purpose of the survey? What information was obtained? 2.

Why is this topic relevant today? 3.

How do the North American and European model of organ donation differ? 4.

Is it illegal to sell organs? 5.

What other questions did your group identify and discuss?
Vocabulary: compensate, nephrology, incentives, unpalatable, commodities Source #2:
Proposed Changes in Organ Donation Stir Debate, Rob Stein, June 24, 2013 – National Public Radio, NPR http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/06/24/194275901/proposed-changes-in-organ-donation-stir-debate 1.

What was the purpose of the radio show? 2.

According to Dr. Stuart Youngner, what MUST be kept separate? 3.

What is the name of the organization that runs the transplant system? 4.

According to Rob Stein, why are the new proposals put forth by the national organ transplant network setting off alarm bells? 5.

According to bioethicist Michael Grodin, will the new procedures help or harm organ donation? 6.

What positive effect might these changes have on the process of donation and/or obtaining organs? 7.

What other questions did your group identify and discuss?
Vocabulary: bioethicist, advocates, procurement, ICU Source #3:

Child With Weeks To Live Denied Lung Transplant Due To Controversial Organ Donation Policy
By Aviva Shen on June 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/06/05/2104921/sarah-murnaghan-denied-lung-transplant/
1.

What problem does this article identify with regard to organ donation? 2.

What was the result of the policy change that occurred in 2005? Did it benefit those patients waiting to receive organ donations? 3.

How has the procedure of donating organs been expanded or changed? What has been the result? 4.

What was the ruling by the federal judge?

5.

What is the status of Sarah Murnaghan

Vocabulary: cystic fibrosis, excluded, prioritization Source #4:
Perspective the New England Journal of Medicine
The Ethics of Organ Donation by Living Donors by
Robert D. Truog, M.D. N Engl J Med 2005; 353:444-446August 4, 2005DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp058155 http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp058155

Questions for Discussion:
1.

What are the ethical problems that must be addressed when obtaining organs from living donors? 2.

What are the three categories of donation by living persons and what kind of problem does each present? 3.

What are some of the problems identified in the article that have occurred that bring up the question of fairness or discrimination in the process of organ donation? 4.

How has the website MatchingDonors.com affected the process of organ donation? 5.

Who oversees the website? 6.

After reading this article and discussing it with other students, what are some of the problems you feel need to be addressed? 7.

What questions do you have after reading this article?
Vocabulary: cadavers, ethics, plausible, coerced, commodity, oversight

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