AC Medical NY considers organ donor ambulance for dead

AC Medical NY considers organ donor ambulance for dead - NY...

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NY considers organ donor ambulance for dead  Wagon would rush to scene of death, preserve body for transplant use The Associated Press    updated 4:53 p.m. ET, Thurs., June. 5, 2008 www.msnbc.com Junr 6, 2008 NEW YORK - Saving the living has always been the No. 1 priority for a New York City ambulance crew. But a select group of paramedics may soon have a  different task altogether: saving the dead. The city is considering creating a special ambulance whose crew would rush to collect the newly deceased and preserve the body so that the organs might be  taken for transplant. The "rapid-organ-recovery ambulance," still in the early planning stages, could raise a host of ethical questions and strike some families as ghoulish. But top  medical officials in the Fire Department and Bellevue Hospital say it has the potential to save hundreds of lives. Generally in the U.S., only people who die at hospitals are used as organ donors, because doctors are on hand with life-support machinery and other equipment to  preserve the organs and remove them before they spoil. Surgeons have only a few critical hours before kidneys, livers and other body parts suffer damage that  renders them unusable. Dr. Lewis Goldfrank, the director of emergency medicine at Bellevue, said the ambulance project could spark an "amazing transformation" by substantially 
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