Monday, December 6, 2010

New York City to Start Organ Ambulances

Renal Business Todays editor Keith Chartier

New York City will start sending out a second ambulance to scenes in which someone may be in danger of dying in order to quickly harvest organs that can be used for transplant.

The federally funded five-month trial will be limited to Manhattan between 4 pm and midnight to adults between 18 and 60 years old, and to people who die of cardiac arrest outside of a hospital.

The development of the program was fraught with ethical concerns, but those behind it felt that organs needed to be obtained sooner outside the hospital before the organ becomes unusable.

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