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Complexities caused by donor organ shortages

Ethics white papers are available for informational purposes and to stimulate discussion around the complexities of medical/bioethics with donor organ shortages. They have not been adopted as OPTN policy.

Living donation COVID-19

Authored by: Ethics Committee

Date posted: June 2021

An ethical analysis examining the continuation of living donor transplantation during the COVID-19 pandemic

In this viewpoint, we consider how living donor transplantation fits within the priorities of a health system and whether its continuance is ethically justified during times of constrained resources.

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Additional white papers

Visit the OPTN Ethics page to read about ethical implications of multi-organ transplants, manipulating waiting list priority, living donation by persons with certain fatal diseases, and more.

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