Tough call: Should surgeons tell transplant patients their donor was an addict?

Tough call: Should surgeons tell transplant patients their donor was an addict?

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The balance between patients’ rights in informed consent and mitigating the fear of overwhelming information is often a thin line not covered in medical books for any transplant surgeon.
14 Oct 2016 - General
I agree that all donor recipients have the right to know the medical background of the donor. This allows them to be the ultimate decision-maker, and in the process, will uphold the patient’s right to autonomy, allowing them to weight the risks between accepting or rejecting the organ. Additionally, it is also advantageous for health care professionals since disclosing such information will free them from any liability for any risk or harm that may arise from the organ being donated (if such har...
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though the organ was deemed suitable for donation after all the necessary lab testing the fact that its an organ that filtered illegal substances should be divulged to the patient. As Marinelle Castro said we don't know what the long term effects are. The organ donor is our patient as well and their confidentiality has to be maintained but since their organ will belong to another person the new host had the ...
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Transplant recipients have the right to know of their donor's past medical history - including history of substance abuse,addiction or other unpleasant habits. While this may not affect the outcome of the surgery itself, there might be concepts that we have not yet discovered that may potentially have an impact on the patient's life later on. I don't think there should be any reason to withhold this information. Like what the author of the article said, the patient has the autonomous...
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