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Experts OK New Organ Donation Threshold

Newspaper article China Post

Experts OK New Organ Donation Threshold

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Medical experts agreed on setting the threshold for cardiac death organ donors at five minutes of no detected heartbeats, the Taiwan Organ Registry and Sharing Center (TORSC) said yesterday.

TORSC Chairman Dr. Lee Po-chang ([...]) said that this proposal will be applied on registered organ donors who are at the final stage of a disease and are declared to be at or near the point of death.

According to the National Organ Transplant Act, there are currently two sources of organ donations in Taiwan: donations from neurological death patients and live organ donation.

Considering the demand for organ donations is high in Taiwan, Lee said, it is necessary to discuss the possibility of allowing cardiac death patients to donate their organs as a third source of organ donation.

Lee said "Medical experts agreed on setting the threshold of organ donation for cardiac death patients to be no heartbeat detected for at least five minutes. …

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