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Burden of organ donation after euthanasia in patients with psychiatric disorder
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    Burden of organdonation after euthanasia: better exclude it than reduce it
    • Johan PC Sonneveld, anesthesiologist-intensivist Isala Zwolle
    • Other Contributors:
      • Johannes GH Mulder, general practitioner

    Maes et al suggest that the burden of organdonation related issues in organdonation after euthanasia (ODE) patients is well tolerable or may even be neglegible. They present two cases with untreatable psychiatric disorders who requested for euthanasia and expressed their deathwish to combine with postmortal organdonation. The burden relates to the patient, his family and the professionals involved in euthanasia. They propose that all psychiatric patients whom euthanasia is granted should be informed about the possibility of postmortal organ donation(1).
    First, we state that the burden can even be minimized further: it is not necessary for the patient to have his euthanasia performed in the hospital. These patients can be given the sense of dying at home and transported thereafter using an anesthesia bridge to the hospital, as we have shown to be feasible(2).
    Second, it is not fair to use the experience of these two evident highly for ODE motivated psychiatric patients and their families as a reference for comparable euthanasia patients who are unaware of the option of post mortal organdonation.
    But third, of perimount importance, we criticize the opinion that the amount of burden for ODE patients may reach a point to be neglegible. In our opinion this burden should not be minimized, but excluded. The suggestions of Maes et al are motivated by utilistic ethical considerations and the existence of waitinglists for transplantation. The act of organdonation h...

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