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Reanimation: overcoming objections and obstacles to organ retrieval from non-heart-beating cadaver donors.
  1. R D Orr,
  2. S R Gundry,
  3. L L Bailey
  1. Loma Linda University Medical Center, California, USA.


    Interest in the retrieval of organs from non-heart-beating cadaver donors has been rekindled by the success of transplantation of solid organs and the insufficient supply of donor organs currently obtained from heart-beating cadaver donors. There are currently two retrieval techniques being evaluated, the in situ cold perfusion approach and the controlled death approach. Both, however, raise ethical concerns. Reanimation is a new method which has been used successfully in animals. We believe this new approach overcomes the ethical objections raised to these other methods.

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