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Organ Donation After Circulatory Death: Vital Partnership
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Running head: ORGAN DONATION Organ Donation After Circulatory Death: Vital Partnership (Student’s Name) (Course Code/Number) (Name of Professor) (Date of Submission) Organ Donation After Circulatory Death: Vital Partnership Introduction As individuals working on a science that deals with actual human lives, nurses are bound to encounter ethical dilemmas that warrant the nurse’s professionalism as well as compassion.
In relation, this paper will explore the different ethical issues connected with DCD, in relation to a case published in the American Journal of Nursing (Beach, Hallett, & Zaruca, 2011). This paper will explore the said issue by first presenting an overview of the case, the ethical dilemma present, and the possible alternatives that could have been used to solve the problem, all with the aid of the Decision-Making Model (Bohinc & Gradisar, 2003). Case Overview Sharon, a 50-year old female, presented unconscious to the Emergency Department after a car accident. Within a few hours after admission, Sharon’s condition declined, to a point where she had no facial and corneal reflexes, she posture was decerebrate, and she did not respond to any stimuli. According to the institution’s policy, Sharon was candidate for DCD and so the protocol for harvesting was activated. Upon learning the patient’s desire not to be “hooked to tubes” (via a living will) and her wish to donate her organs, the family signed an informed consent for DCD. The patient was then removed from the supportive devices to await death. ...
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