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Organ donation after cardiac death: legal and ethical justifications for antemortem interventions

James Tibballs
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (3): 186-187.
Published online: 4 February 2008

To the Editor: Richards and Rogers1 claim that antemortem interventions on an organ donor to improve organ viability for donation after cardiac death (DCD), such as administration of heparin and femoral vessel cannulation, are ethically and legally justified. Their reasoning is flawed.

  • James Tibballs

  • Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: james.tibballs@rch.org.au

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