Letters Families and organ donation

Consolidate the donor register with unambiguous affirmation from next of kin

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5734 (Published 24 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5734
  1. M D Dominic Bell, consultant in critical care/anaesthesia1
  1. 1Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK
  1. dominic.bell{at}nhs.net

Shaw argues that we should not let families stop organ donation from their dead relatives.1 He seems never to have considered the practicalities of taking a brainstem dead ventilated patient to the operating theatre without the cooperation of the next of kin, or the practicalities of expecting the family to agree with an arbitrary time frame for removal …

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