Single-centre experience of donation after cardiac death

Tim G Coulson and David Pilcher
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11470
Published online: 4 February 2013

In reply: The Alfred Hospital’s donation after cardiac death (DCD) program was developed in full knowledge of ethical concerns such as those raised by Kennedy and Kennedy. All are covered under “DCD guideline development and implementation” in the methods section of our article.1 Specifically, no patient was denied a chance of survival, because all would have undergone withdrawal of cardiorespiratory support even if donation were not considered.

  • Tim G Coulson
  • David Pilcher

  • The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.


Competing interests:

David Pilcher is a Medical Advisor to DonateLife in Victoria.


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