Timing of organ recovery leads to debates at hospitals

03/19/2007 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

The number of organs recovered within minutes after the donor's heart has stopped beating has more than doubled in the last few years and the trend is expected to continue, boosting the number of organs available for transplant. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the United Network for Organ Sharing will require all hospitals to set policies and determine whether they will allow the practice, which has created intense debate, particularly in children's hospitals.

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