Letters

Protocol balanced ethical principles

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6997.122a (Published 08 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:122
  1. John Searle
  1. Consultant anaesthetist Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter EX2 5DW

    EDITOR,--I was the chairman of the working party that drew up the Exeter protocol for organ retrieval. The original protocol did not use the term “elective ventilation” because of the confusion this would cause. Last October the Department of Health issued guidance that the protocol was unlawful.1 In view of the protocol's success in increasing the number of kidneys available for donation it is not surprising that Hany Riad and Anthony Nicholls have defended it vigorously and are pressing for a change in the law.2 …

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