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August 14, 2015
<p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"><span style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">Articles about improving organ donation registration rates by targeted social media campaigns have indicated that such efforts can successfully increase the numbers of individuals who elect to become organ donors </span>(Pena, 2014) (Cameron AM, 2013)<span style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">. While it is acknowledged that social medial is a useful medium for generating widespread recognition of the need for organ donation, concerns about whether or not donor registration actually increases donation rates is left unknown. Additional concerns about such registrations meet the standards for informed consent. These are productive conversations, and social media holds tremendous potential for conveying information and generating levels of interest in topics at a ‘viral’ level.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"><span style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">Discussions up to this point seem to focus on donation after death, or in the context of imminent death. What has not been robustly discussed is the role of social media in the role of live organ donation. How should transplant programs view the relationship of acquaintances that begin on social media in the context of seeking information or support related to organ donation? Decisions to donate a solid organ, such as a kidney, ought not to be undertaken lightly, and perhaps the screening process will weed out donors with ambivalent intent or poor understanding of what they have offered a recipient. Given that concerns about informed consent have been noted in prior studies, it seems prudent to exercise added caution when approving donation transactions initiated via social media outlets.</span></p>
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May 1, 2012
I agree, mostly, with Art Caplan’s analysis of Facebook’s decision to add “Organ Donor” as a Life Event on their website.…
April 26, 2012
It is now possible to re-transplant kidneys from a first recipient to a second according to the results of a rare surgical procedure performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.…
January 24, 2012
Yes, it’s true. Bieber Fever has spread far and wide. But it isn’t just tweens who are following the pop star, Justin Bieber’s, every move.…
January 9, 2012
Art Caplan reminds us in his column on MSNBC.com that its good to be skinny, whether dead or alive. The negative health consequences of obesity experienced during life linger on well into death, especially for those who want to donate their bodies to science.…
October 19, 2011
In the October 2011 issue of AJOB, Arthur Caplan argues in his Target Article “The Use of Prisoners as Sources of Organs-An Ethically Dubious Practice” that the great demand for cadaveric organs for donation around the world does not justify harvesting them from prisoners.…
April 12, 2011
According to Wesley Smith on his SHS blog, “Suicidal people need help in living, not reasons to die.” Profound statement indeed.…
August 3, 2010
Bring out your dead! Bring out your dead! We’d like to harvest their organs now!
Most Monty Python fans associate organ harvesting with The Meaning of Life’s Live Organ Transplantation, but New York City’s “rapid organ recovery plan” has much more in common with this other famous Holy Grail skit than it does with anything else.…
July 29, 2010
Apparently Facebook isn’t just for playing MafiaWars anymore. It’s also for finding living unrelated donors to give you their organs. Seriously.…
July 27, 2010
Arthur Caplan in his MSNBC column discusses over a confessed killer receiving a liver transplant. How could someone who himself admitted killing his wife jump to the head of the queue to receive one of the scarcest resources in the world?…
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February 17, 2015 2:54 pm
China’s rising demand for healthcare is exposing a chronic shortage of an essential commodity: blood.
August 7, 2014 1:16 pm
Jessica Kastler will drive from her home in San Luis Obispo to San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center this month to give a kidney to someone she doesn’t know.
August 7, 2014 1:15 pm
While the number of deceased organ donors in California has increased in recent years, observers say more live donors are needed to meet the need of residents awaiting donations, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
February 25, 2014 3:15 pm
For decades, surgeons have traveled to far-off hospitals to remove organs from brain-dead donors and then rushed back to transplant them. Now an experiment in the Midwest suggests there may be a better way: Bring the donors to the doctors instead.
October 25, 2013 2:49 pm
Paying living donors for their kidneys would reduce the number of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on dialysis and transplant wait lists, and save the healthcare system money, researchers in Canada concluded.
July 19, 2013 4:31 pm
A U.S. House of Representatives committee this week unanimously approved a bill approving transplants using organs taken from people infected with HIV.
July 11, 2013 5:26 pm
Doctors at a central New York hospital nearly harvested organs from a woman in 2009 despite warning signs she wasn’t dead, and the hospital has been fined, according to state records.
June 18, 2013 3:00 pm
Despite years of media and public service campaigns appealing for organ donations, donor rates remained static while demand increased — until Facebook, researchers reported.
June 7, 2013 2:06 pm
Debate over the age restriction for lung transplants intensifies, as a second child is temporarily placed on the waiting list for adult lung recipients.
January 10, 2013 1:33 pm
German authorities are calling for an overhaul of the country’s organ transplant programme after transplant centres were placed under investigation for systematically manipulating donor waiting lists.
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