Elective ventilation of potential organ donors

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6997.121c (Published 08 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:121
  1. Peter G M Wallace
  1. Director Intensive Therapy Unit, Westem Infirmary, Glasgow G11 6NT

    Elective ventilation and diagnosis of death are mutually exclusive

    EDITOR,--I am surprised that Hany Riad and Anthony Nicholls wish to debate elective ventilation of potential organ donors further despite recent confirmation of its illegality.1 Adoption of any medical process requires careful scientific investigation and evidence. The published evidence in support of elective ventilation is based on a tiny study in Exeter of nine patients admitted to intensive care.2 Four of these patients were admitted in breach of the agreed …

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