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EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONDERS MAY SOON BE ASKING FOR ORGAN DONATIONS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

New York is leading the nation in empowering a team of emergency medical responders to ask family members of someone who has just died to consider organ donation.  If permission is given the body will be transported to a hospital so organs can be retrieved.  Dory Segev, a transplant surgeon at Johns Hopkins, says such a strategy may help ease the profound national shortage of organs for transplant.

SEGEV: The good point that they’re making here is that the proportion of people who die in hospitals compared to the proportion of people who could be organ donors who die outside of hospitals make this very exciting because we miss a lot of potential organ donors because they’re not dying in the hospital and so this would give the opportunity of recovering these organs from people who died at home.    :24

Segev says only about 10% of deaths occur in hospitals.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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