ETHC 445 You Are Lead Surgeon

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ETHC 445 You Are Lead Surgeon
One of the great ongoing situations that calls for ethical decision making is the reality that there …

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ETHC 445 You Are Lead Surgeon

ETHC 445 You Are Lead Surgeon

A+ You Decide Week 5 

Scenario Summary

One of the great ongoing situations that calls for ethical decision making is the reality that there is almost always a greater need for something than there is a supply to meet the need.

For our assignment and scenario, the demand is the life-and-death situation of the need for transplantable organs and the rather small and transitory supply. Hard decisions need to be made, and there is little time to think things through. These are emergency situations.

Transplantable organs become available on short notice–usually because a donor has died for reasons unrelated to the organ. They need to be removed and transplanted very quickly because they only remain fresh for a limited period. Then there is the whole complicated issue of tissue type matching. There is also an ongoing concern about how long recipients can wait.

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Choosing who the more appropriate recipient of the heart among the three patients is difficult. Naturally, the patients and their respective families would want them to be the beneficiary of the transplanted heart for all valid personal reasons.  However, in coming up with a decision, I considered and assessed the situation in terms of its consequences…