Determining Who Gets An Organ

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The decision to determine who gets an organ is something that cannot be taken lightly. If proper protocol is not followed, issues such as biasness and judging people based on factors like socioeconomic status may be used to determine this dilemma. For this reason, organ transplantation is overseen by government regulators. The Division of Transplantation (DoT), which falls under the US Department of Health and Human Services, oversees this process. Organs are allocated according to strict rules that take into account physical matching, tissue and blood type matching, medical criteria, waiting time, severity of illness. The allocation system is blind to name, race, sex and wealth. The allocation rules have been developed over many years of deliberation by physicians and other transplant professionals, transplant candidates and recipients, donor families, and representatives of the federal government. (CITE ThIs) Removing these variables and following protocol causes the medical professional to make a decision on fairness rather than feelings, biasness, and possibly corruption such as bribery.
There are two distinct scenarios that one can make an argument for the pros and cons of each person on the waiting list, as presented in Nursing Ethics Case studies. Scenario one is Mr. Mann, a 50 year old, single male with a history of poor lifestyle choices including, alcoholism, nicotine dependence, unemployed, and receives financial assistance. In addition, Mr. Mann does not…

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