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Nurses' 'lack of trust in diagnosis' presents barrier to organ donation


I find much of the content of this forum alarming on many levels. If any professional disagrees with the findings on brain stem criteria then they are morally bound to intervene. Posting after someone expires does not help anyone unless you can substantiate this with written documentation. Having considerable neuro-icu experience i have witnessed the sensitivity and respect shown to both family and patient on many occasions. All it took was one article of someone waking from a coma after 5 yrs and everyone became a neurologist overnight. The terri schiavo case in the U.S being the best example. There are criteria to be met before someone can be declared brain dead. I urge the staff in this forum to familiarize yourself with this procedure and what signs may be misconstrued as purely reflexive. There are literally thousands of desperately ill people whose only last ditch chance may be the donation of an organ. Alarmist comments may set this program back a considerable way if members of the public thought the process to procure these organs under extremely tragic circumstances was somehow ad hoc. If there are anomalies document and report this.

Posted date

27 January, 2012

Posted time

7:23 pm