Does New Heart Transplant Method Challenge Definition of Death?


 However, some of the processes involved in one approach to donation after circulatory death has raised ethical concerns and questions about whether they violate the "dead donor rule" — a principle that requires patients be declared dead before removal of life-sustaining organs for transplant.  

Experts in the fields of transplantation and medical ethics have yet to reach consensus, causing problems for the transplant community, who worry that this could cause a loss of confidence in the entire transplant process.

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