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Opt Out Organ Donation Pros And Cons
Organ donation requires surgical techniques that preserve the blood vessels and vital structures (e.g., ureter-kidney, bile duct - liver) and keeps the cells of the organ happy enough to function after blood flow is stopped and the transplant conducted. A living person may choose to gift an organ (or piece of an organ) through such an operation. A deceased person may gift multiple ...Read more
Yes: If you are not interested in being an organ donor while you are alive or after you have passed, make your feelings known to your family and next of kin. In the United States your organs will not be removed without your permission if you are alive, or without permission from your next of kin if you have died.See 1 more doctor answer
Where in the us organ donation is an opt out? I am researching on this matter as part of a foundation I am starting, thank you!
None: In the U.S., you are presumed to be a non-donor unless you are a registered organ donor; therefore none of the 50 states have an opt-out system. Opt-out is an option for people in countries where everyone is considered to be an organ donor unless they register to "opt out" from being a donor.See 1 more doctor answer
Organ donation: Well if you are donating after death then there are no CONS for you as you are already dead.
Pro=save a life: That really is the only pro, but is a big one. You either no longer need or have 2nd organ, so donation becomes an option. If kidney, do have to have & recover from surgery to "harvest" it, but is usually minimal time.
Risks exist: It depends what organ transplant is being contemplated. Organ donation is major surgery and you need a careful discussion of risks and benefits including the long term risk. This should be done with members of the transplant team who know this information the best.
No: Whether you donate your organ is entirely up to you. There is a great demand for organs (heart, lungs, kidney, liver, pancreas, cornea) and if you are brain-dead, it makes a lot of sense to donate your organs and give a gift of life to others. However, the decision itself is entirely up to you.See 1 more doctor answer
Dire need of organs: Unfortunately many patients with end-stage organ diseases are in need of organ transplants but the availability of transplantable organs does not meet the need. In the U.S., an average of 18 patients die while waiting for an organ. Registering for organ donation gives these patients with end-stage organ diseases a new lease on life after the registered donor dies.
Outside of the US: Unfortunately, there is a black market outside of developed countries. The patients who have been identified afterwards have had much higher rates of infections and worse outcomes. Medicare may not pay for the anti-rejection medications if the transplant was not performed at a medicare approved center. Black market transplants are dangerous. Legitimate organ donation must be increased.See 1 more doctor answer
Lots to tell: There is a lot of information on this subject - far more than can fit here. See these 2 websites to start: http://www. Unos. Org/donation/index. Php http://donatelife. Net/understanding-donation/
Organ donation: Unfortunately there are many people who feel that organ donation is not a transparent process and the medical profession would prefer to allow some to die in order to recover their organs to transplant into others. In fact this is the farthest from the truth, but urban myths and stories abound that give many false impressions. Better education will help clear the myths and more lives will be saved.See 1 more doctor answer
Personal resons: Sometimes the patient or family has personal religious or moral beliefs against removing body parts. Sometimes people are angery at the medical system. Other times people are just not well informed about the potential for donation and the benefits to society.
Lots of reasons: Indeed, probably as many reasons for or against organ donation as there are people! Regardless of your own position on the subject, one cannot make a value judgment here but only give thanks for those that do donate.
Discuss death openly: Deceased organ and tissue donation occurs with an unexpected death. Family + loved ones are typically in shock and may not be open to discussion of topics like donation that is much better addressed in advance. For this reason, anyone who wants to be a donor should make their wishes known to their family and certainly register with a donor registry.See 1 more doctor answer
Long-term Failure: To require an organ donation (needing a transplant) the organ in question must have irreversibly failed. The most common situation is kidney failure which requires dialysis or a transplant for the person to live. Diabetes and hypertension are the most frequent causes of kidney failure. Liver failure can be caused by hepatitis (B or C), fatty liver (from obesity) or alcohol overuse.
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