New York City to Deploy Ambulances to Save Organs
Question: Will they try as hard to save someone if organs are wanted? The city said protections are in place; but does very recent history reassure? There is reason to be very cautious because international organ trafficking is flourishing and many government officials all over the earth have taken bribes and looked the other way. And the poor and innocent have been prey. What's on your license? ---SH
Some 911 calls in Manhattan will now bring out two ambulances, one hurrying to the scene and one lagging slightly behind. [Such beneficence!]
The first one will try to save the patient’s life. The second one will try to save the patient’s kidneys, in case the first ambulance fails.
After months of grappling with the ethical and legal implications, New York City medical officials are beginning to test a system that they hope will one day greatly increase the number of organs collected for transplant.
For five months starting Wednesday, the city will deploy a specially trained team that will monitor 911 calls for people who may be in danger of dying, like those having a heart attack. If efforts to resuscitate the patient fail, the team will quickly move in and try to save the kidneys; normally, patients who die outside hospitals cannot be donors because if too much time passes after the heart stops beating, the organs are unusable.
City officials said the project would be the first of its kind in the United States, though similar operations have been carried out in Europe. They said that they believed they had solved any ethical problems by adopting what they called very conservative standards for who would qualify as a donor.
To overcome fears that patients would be allowed to die for the sake of their organs, officials said that doctors and paramedics trying to resuscitate a patient would not be told whether the preservation unit was waiting in the wings until a supervisor had given the order to stop rescue efforts. The organ team, which will travel in a bright red and white ambulance marked “Organ Preservation Unit,” is supposed to remain out of sight.
The dead person would have to have registered as a donor through a card, driver’s license or online registry, and the family would also have to give consent...Read on
--->See more here on the matter, recent history...(click) and what happened to BBC presenter Alistar Cooke....in NY.
--->Europe's missing millions; waste and corruption drawing on funds from the European Union...