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World Journal of Surgery

, Volume 38, Issue 7, pp 1650–1657 | Cite as

Organ Shortage: The Greatest Challenge Facing Transplant Medicine

  • David Shafran
  • Eric Kodish
  • Andreas Tzakis
Article

Abstract

The success of organ transplantation as a treatment for end-stage organ disease has yielded a series of ethical quandaries originating from the issue of organ shortage. Scarcity of organs for transplantation necessitates formulation of just and fair allocation policies as well as ethically viable solutions to bridging the vast gap between organ supply and demand. The concept of “triage” provides a useful paradigm in which to contextualize the organ shortage issue. This entails subjugating the welfare of the individual patient for the benefit of the wider community as an ethically justified response to the challenge of scarcity.

Keywords

Organ Donation Brain Death Allocation Policy Donation After Cardiac Death Organ Shortage 
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Notes

Conflict of interest

The authors have no conflicts of interest or financial ties to disclose.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Bioethics and the Transplant CenterCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA

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