Feb 5, 2021


Interviewer: Being an organ donor is a good thing. But for some people, checking that "yes" box still can be kind of tough. Organ transplant surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Campsen, why do you think some people choose not to donate?

Dr. Campsen: Well, I think there's a myth that if you check that box, you won't get the same care in the ICU as if you didn't check that box, and that's just not true. There are three layers of protection against that: one at the national level called UNOS, one at the local level called the OPO, and these have rules and regulations that protect organ donation. And finally, the most important is that your ICU doctor is not affiliated or has any investment in your transplant center. Therefore, they only take care of you. Now, if you are pronounced brain-dead, they uphold the fact that you checked that box and allow you to go and donate your organs.

Interviewer: But otherwise, the quality of care is not affected in any way?

Dr. Campsen: There's no change in care.

updated: February 5, 2021
originally published: February 13, 2019

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