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The city is considering creating a special ambulance whose crew would rush to collect the newly deceased and preserve the body so that the organs might be taken for transplant.
The "rapid-organ-recovery ambulance," still in the early planning stages, could raise a host of ethical questions and strike some families as ghoulish. But top medical officials in the Fire Department and Bellevue Hospital say it has the potential to save hundreds of lives.
The transplant ambulance would turn up at the scene of a death mere minutes after regular paramedics ceased efforts to resuscitate a patient. The team would begin work almost immediately, administering drugs and performing chest compressions intended to keep the organs viable.
You could just as easily say that under the current system anyone who dies in a hospital emergency room who's also an organ donor might have died because "the medical staff didn't do all they could to save him/her thanks to them seeing the dollar signs attached to their organs."
Originally posted by jasonjnelson
The new system, as you have coined it, would mean that the decisions are being made by E.M.T.'s, not Doctors. Now I know EMTs, and they are grand heroes, but they would not cut it in my eyes if my wife was on the "table" get here to the f-ing hospital, or put her in an Ice bath, (or injected cold saline) so that the doctors get a crack at her. This new power granted to these EMTs and firefighters scares me.
Sorry, I see your point, but disagree with the decision maker.
And yes, the ENTIRE system is broken, but I think that soon we might be able to grow organs with our own stem cells...