Donation after the circulatory determination of death: Some responses to recent criticisms

McGee, Andrew & Gardiner, Dale (2017) Donation after the circulatory determination of death: Some responses to recent criticisms. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. (In Press)

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This paper defends the criterion of permanence as a valid criterion for declaring death against some well-known recent objections. We argue that it is reasonable to adopt the criterion of permanence for declaring death, given how difficult it is to know when the point of irreversibility is actually reached. We claim that this point applies in all contexts, including the donation after circulatory-determination of death context. We also examine some of the potentially unpalatable ramifications, for current death declaration practices, of adopting the irreversibility criterion.

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ID Code: 98236
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: circulatory-respiratory function, declaration of death, dead donor rule, definition of death, donation after circulatory determination of death, DCD, DCDD, irreversibility, organ donation, organ transplantation, permanence, permanent cessation of circulation
ISSN: 0360-5310
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy Inc.
Deposited On: 18 Aug 2016 00:25
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 18:32

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