For Profit Tissue and Organ Donations?


    I have always been an advocate for organ donation. I carry my driver's license with the heart symbol that indicates donation upon death.

    I never heard of a for profit business involving donated organs. Am I very naive? Can any of you enlighten me about current organ donation and use of organs and tissue?
    Thanks in advance.
  2. Poll: Are you currently an organ donor?

    • Yes, and carry a card

      66.67% 4
    • No, I don't believe in this.

      0% 0
    • Yes, but only my family knows.

      16.67% 1
    • No, but I want to become one.

      0% 0
    • Not interested in this topic.

      16.67% 1
    6 Votes
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  4. by   Okami_CCRN
    I'm sure there are some people here involved in Organ and Tissue Donation that could enlighten you a little more than I can, but I'll just give you a few of my observations.

    After working ICU for a few years I believe that these organizations sometimes (not always) are organ/tissue hungry, the length at which they will try to obtain consents is ridiculous. I understand the need for viable organs for transplantation but sometimes aggressiveness is not always best. If you would like to read a little bit more about it I recommend "The Undead" by Dick Teresi. It is an excellent book written by a scientific journalist on the topic.

    Also, while the organizations that harvest the tissues and bones of cadavers are non-profit those that handle and treat the retrieved specimens are actually for profit. They routinely award and congratulate those who retrieved the most skin, or bone.

For Profit Tissue and Organ Donations?