Saturday, September 6, 2008
Unbeknownst to me, there remains a degree of controversy regarding organ donation after cardiac death (DCD). Much of this controversy seems to hinge on the concept of "irreversible" cardiac death and even seems to bring into question how death is determined. Dr. Drew Rosielle, of Pallimed.org has an excellent post regarding this topic.
Staying on the same subject, please check out Dr. Maurice Bernstein's "Bioethics Discussion Blog". He discusses the "Dead Donor Rule" and accepted criteria for determining death. Don't skip the comments on his post... good stuff!
Hopefully, you've got a little extra time to devote to the New England Journal of Medicine's video roundtable discussion, "Organ Donation After Cardiac Death". The panel really gets to the crux of the matter in a straight forward and easily understandable way.
On a different note, Dr. Christian Sinclair of Pallimed.org has posted an article titled "Medications and Driving - Informed Consent?". It's a doozie... you've got to give this a look!
Last, but definitely not least, Hospice Guy at Hospice Blog has a great post that links to a blog where a hospice nurse writes stories about her adventures. Hey wait... that's ME!! THANKS, HOSPICE GUY!!!