Organ Transplantations and Ethical Dilemmas
Organ transplantation involves the transfer of a donor organ to another individual to replace a recipient’s damaged organ. The transfer of an organ may come from a living donor or a donor that has died. Unfortunately, the demand to receive organs far exceeds the available supply. The gift of a lifetime to receive an organ is built upon public trust that is subject to many ethical dilemmas. It is imperative that health care professionals (HCPs) are equipped to deal with the ethical dilemmas that will arise from dealing with donors and recipients. This session will discuss ethical principles as they relate to organ donors and will also address the ethical issues with the organ recipients.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to
- Review how organ transplantation is built upon public trust
- Recognize the ethical principles as they relate to the organ donor
- Discuss the ethical principles as they relate to the organ recipient
Giuliano Testa, MD, FACS, MBA
Director, Living Donor Liver Transplantation
Baylor University Medical Center
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The faculty reported the following:
Giuliano Testa, MD has indicated that he has no relevant financial relationships.
Sarah Chart-Hart, RN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Martha L. New, BSN, RN, CCTC
Transplant Case Coordinator
Arlene Rome, RN, BSN
Anne M. Sendaydiego, PharmD
AMS Consulting, LLC
V. Silverstein, MD
Eagle Creek Medical Communications
Durham, North Carolina
Activity Planner Disclosures
Ms Chart, Ms Gleason, Ms New and Ms Rome have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
Drs Sendaydiego and Silverstein have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships.
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- Completing the entire activity
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Credit Designation Statements
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
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Please note: In accordance with the CCMC policy, learners are required to take a minimum of one full hour (60 minutes) of continuing education (CE) from the activity: “24th Annual National Conference” to be awarded CCMC credit.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour(s) ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour(s). Unique Activity Number(s): 0860-0000-15-038-H05-P
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CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, pharmacists, physicians and other health care professionals who are interested in organ transplantation.
This activity consists of recorded presentations from the "24th Annual National Conference" held in Minneapolis, MN on September 29–October 1, 2015.
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers