Originally posted by ppk55
Originally posted by Libertygal
or once brain death is declared
This is the bit that worries me.
Would brain death be declared 'that little bit earlier than normal' if there was unconditional agreement to donate the organs? Just a simple
question. Compared to someone who specifically and undeniably stated they did NOT want their organs donated.
Are you serious? Brain death is not just a guessing game. Brain flow studies are done. These are matter of medical record, and no, I have seen people
with only a trickle of blood still flowing to the brain, not enough to declare brain death - remain in the care of the physician. In most instances,
once brain death was declared, due to waiting for it to occur, the amount of medications used to keep the patient alive ruled them OUT for that
Only in certain cases when the patient is too unstable for brain flow studies to move for the exam, will two doctors examine the patient and do
bedside tests for brain death. That is two doctors that use proven test methods to conclude that a patient is indeed deceased. Do not think for a
moment that these cases are not reviewed over and over again by boards of doctors and even in some cases attorneys when the family questions things.
This area of medicine is *vitally* important, and no one wants to risk losing it.
If you have concerns, you should write a living will. It is a legal document that you can obtain copies from your hospital for, does not need a lawyer
to file, and can be kept on record with the hospital as well as in your personal posession.
While there are corrupt people in all walks of life, I will steadfastly stand by my opinion that your death will NOT be hasted in an attempt to get
your organs for donation. Whether you had agreed or not, planned for it or not.
Sometimes we do know when a patient rolls in the door that they will be a possible donor. I have seen some of them get up and walk out, amidst tears
of joy not only from the doctors, but the nurses who cared for them as well.
By the same token, I have sadly see some roll out the door to the operating room amidst tears of loss for that person, family and doctors and nurses
included, but also a certain peace knowing that they will be living on - parts of them, in many people.
What a gift to give someone who just faced what is usually a shocking and tragic loss. Brain death is not something most people go to work expecting
to happen to their child, spouse, or themslves.
Give the gift of life.
edit on 20-9-2010 by Libertygal because: (no reason given)