Organ donation after medical assistance in dying - Understanding the challenges, issues and facts
The CNTRP Core 1 team recently published a new Fast Fact on understanding the challenges and implications of implementing organ donation after medical aid in dying. This Fast Fact helps to answer the following questions:
WHAT IS ORGAN DONATION AFTER MEDICAL AID IN DYING?
WHAT ARE THE APPLICABLE LAWS?
IS IT MEDICALLY POSSIBLE AND SAFE TO DONATE ORGANS AND TISSUES AFTER MAID?
DO PROVINCIAL ORGAN DONATION LAWS ALLOW FOR DONATION AFTER MAID?
WHAT ARE THE ETHICAL AND PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN ORGAN DONATION AFTER MAID?
CAN YOU DIRECT YOUR DONATION AFTER MAID?
WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF ORGAN DONATION ON DONOR’S END OF LIFE EXPERIENCE?
SHOULD THE RECIPIENT BE INFORMED THAT A DONATED ORGAN WAS OBTAINED AFTER MAID?
SHOULD THE POSSIBILITY OF DONATION BE RAISED IF THE PATIENT DOES NOT RAISE IT?
CAN PHYSICIANS CONSCIENTIOUSLY OBJECT?
This Fast Fact is linked with the work being led by the Canadian Society of Transplantation and Canadian Blood Services on this topic. We will continue to update this document as new guidelines and recommendations become available.
To learn more about other topics relevant to donation and transplantation, including Opt-Out Consent, Public Solicitation for donors, Living Donation and Death Determination, visit www.cntrp.ca/fast_facts