The NCPD Board Ethics Committee has weighed in on the latest step in the proposal to change existing organ donation policies. For the full opinion click here. Certain excerpts are included below.
"It is hard not to conclude that the decision to change the Model Elements was made well before its comment period ended and that those who took the time to submit substantive comments were drawn into a futile gesture"
"Because of the obvious pressure placed on vulnerable patients and families, commenters further challenged the proposal’s refusal to keep separate the decision to donate from that to withdraw life-support. Even the OPTN Ethics Committee did “not agree with the OPO approaching the family prior to decision to withdraw treatment or support.”"
"[B]y extending DCD candidacy to patients whose “disease” is not necessarily terminal but that otherwise renders them dependent on life-support, the proposal singles out a class of persons, disabled under federal civil rights law, for adverse treatment. Comments warned this could jeopardize OPTN’s relation with HHS which is forbidden from entering into contractual arrangements with the purpose or effect of discriminating against people with disabilities."