2010hope Posted April 4, 2010 Report Share Posted April 4, 2010 Hi, I wanted some input as how you would approach this scenerio. Scenerio: Mrs. Jones has signed a donor card indicating that she is willing to donate her body to science without notifying her husband and son. She gets into an accident and it is determined that she is brain dead. The family doctor, who is on call that afternoon, reviews the chart and determines that she would be perfect for medical students to practice the removal of organs for transplantation purposes. The doctor then talks to the family to discuss the procedure and to confirm their consent. They both oppose the procedure and refuse to allow their doctor to move forward. The doctor points out that Mrs. Jones could be helping hundreds of people by educating the medical students and that technically consent has already been provided. The husband understands how beneficial the educational experience is but is too emotional to allow them to continue. The son, a medical student, refuses because he knows the bodies are not treated with dignity. If you were the doctor, how would you proceed? Why? I think: 1) the family refuses consent but Mrs. Jones already gave her consent --> so legally, we can use her organs 2) I would first discuss with colleagues or hospital administration regarding the protocol in these situations if uncertain 3) Since Mrs. Jone's family is in a state of distress, its important to address and acknowledge how they are feeling and maybe provide them with grief counselling I think it would also be appropriate to wait as long as possible for the organ donation procedure until the family feels their concerns have been heard.. because you don't want them to mistrust the healthcare system/you as the physician Any other ideas? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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