Organ Transplantation and Legislation Essay by Master Researcher

Organ Transplantation and Legislation
A look at how the present system of organ acquisition for needed transplants is failing.
# 89108 | 900 words | 4 sources | 2006 | US

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This paper discusses the problems in the US with the present system for organ acquisition for needed transplants and one state's response to these problems. In particular, the paper explains how California's Proposition 71 is supposed to address the problem of organ acquisition and the implications this proposition may have for patients.

From the Paper:

"In a prepared witness testimony assessing initiatives to increase organ donations, Medical University of South Carolina professor of surgery William Sade says this of the dismal state of affairs of solid-organ transplantation in the US: "Annually, approximately 6,000 patients with end-stage organ failure - the equivalent of 16 per day - die because of the lack of available organs. Successes of solid-organ transplantation have greatly increased the need for organ donors...Unrealized potential accounts for much of the donation gap, with studies suggesting that each year only 35-50% of potential donors consent to donation (2003, p. 1)." The implication of this statement is simple: the present system for organ acquisition for needed transplants is failing. One state's response was aptly aggressive."

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