21 Sep 2015

Odd spot: Heart donation & when is dead not dead?

The Medical Journal of Australia recently published an article entitled "Transplantation of the heart after circulatory death of the donor: time for a change in law?" Prof Frank Rosenfeldt, Department of Surgery, (pictured with a patient) said that the article will increase both medical practitioners and the general public's confusion about the legal point of death and possibly affect donor rates, already low in this country. The Age has subsequently published a critique, which can be read in full here:
Surgeons hit back at claims heart transplants are against the law.

See also: Push for Australia to introduce opt-out system for organ donation
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