Ethical considerations in organ donation and transplantation

Craig R. Smith, Jeffrey Lowell

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Organ transplantation continues to be an excellent therapeutic option for patients with end-stage organ disease. Due to advances made in immunosuppression, surgical techniques, and critical care management, graft and patient survival rates continue to improve. Although advances in technology have dramatically changed in the field of organ transplantation over the last several decades and complicated ethical decision-making, the fundamental ethical principles of beneficence, nonmaleficence, autonomy, and justice have not. Organ transplantation still remains a problem of supply and demand and challenges transplant professionals to meet society's push to find new organ donor sources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-236
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Intensive Care Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2000


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