Monday, November 19, 2007

Organ donation

Organ transplants are very common in our society. What are some of the issues relating to transplants, in general and as seen in the article? What questions should you consider when reading the article? React to the article.

12 comments:

Kyle said...

The author’s purpose is to inform the public about how an organ donor infected four patients with HIV. The tone is very serious and grabs your attention. Her point of view is that more tests should be done to check if the donor has any serious diseases. The lack of testing infected four patients with HIV. The tools the author uses to prove her point is statements from doctors and people involved in the incident. My opinion is that if I was in the need of an organ, I would like to not become infected with a disease that will kill me later in life. I would like the organ donor to be tested a few times to make sure that they are not infected. If I found out that I was infected with HIV because of this incident, I would be very upset and make this into a big deal.

Hannah said...

I agree with what kyle said. Organ doning is a very common act in our society. This article shows though how there are not enough precedures that are testing the donor so the organs are good for the recipient. If the recipient gets a disease like HIV as the people did in the article there whole life is going to be affected. Getting an organ is supposed to make you happier not wish you were dead. These little mistakes can really take a toll on people not wanting to donate because they do not trust the doctors so that will cause more deaths in our society. I think organ donation is on of the best things anyone can do. Doctors need to go through more of a proto call and run plenty of tests to make sure that they are not passing on any diseases. Doctors need to make sure that both patients are clean and healthy so that they can save lives, and not infect harmful humans with fatal diseases.

Stephanie said...

Organ transplants are very common today, but there many issues with getting organ transplants. Some of the issues in the article were that patients do not know enough about the organs that they are recieving. Some patients are recieving organs that are infected with AIDS, HIV, and hepatitis. Patients are recieving these organs because the testing is not always 100 percent correct.
Some questions that you should consider while reading the article would be how many people get organ transplants and out of all those people how many of them are infected with a life threatening disease. You should also look at what the partients were told about the organs before the transplant.
If I was getting an organ transplant I would want more than one test done on the organ to make sure it is ok. I would also like to know the history of the person that is giving me the organ. I would never want an organ that is infected with a life threatening disease.

Marlyn said...

The author's purpose for this article is to inform the readers how an organ donor infected four patients with HIV. Her tone is serious and concern. The author has a few points. One, there should be more testing done. Two, the patients should have the right to know everything about the donors, and lastly they should have the right to decide. The tools the author uses to prove her points are the feedback she got from various sources. These sources include the University of Pennsylvania medical ethicist Art Caplan, University of Minnesota Jeffrey Kahn, and From a man who had received a transplant before. I agree with the author's point of view. There definitely should be more testing done, and the patients should have the right to know if the donor are high-risk. My concern is if the patient was consider high-risk why they did not do more testing? Yes, sometimes patients are very sick and need transplants right away. But now four patients are infected with HIV and with no chance of getting cured.

KASIE said...

Organ transplants have grown greatly in popularity the last couple years throughout society. However because of its popularity it is now becoming a huge risk among patients. It is now said that the virus known as HIV is being transmitted through the organ transplants. Questions that you have to take into consideration are how good is the doctor thats doing the transplant? People should also really do thier research when doing these types of operation. You also have to really trust the doctors while going through this.

Darlene ! said...

The author's main purpose of the article is to inform an audience how organ transplants may be dangerous to patients. Patients are concerned about whether or not more tests should be done in ordr to prevent certain mishaps during thes organ transplants. Although the risk of getting a disease from the transplant is very low patients still really do their research when considering this operation. Questions such as how safe is the transplant? How trustworthy is the doctor who is doing the transplant? or how clean and sanitized is the hospital in which you are gettin the operation done.

KASIE said...

I agree with everyone one and it is very sad that becuase of a lack of doctor's concerns or health in the hospitals that a ptient should mistakenly be infected with HIV. Not only is this a very serious disease but because of that one doctor's or patients mistake a patients life is at stake .

NiCk said...

I feel this is also a very important issue well. People there is not enough testing for people to see if they can be doners. Being a Donner today is something really special for people to do. My one realatig isse that i had about this was my friend who died recently they were donating his organs to a donner. A question that i would consider being a big question for teens today in college are you a organ or why are you not an organ donner yet. Also where can you find out about this.

Garry said...

this is a very serious issue. People never really though about transmitting diseases through donors. All of a sudden a case came up where a perosn was diagnosed with HIV. The HIV came from the person who donated their body parts. I think that doctors need to test these body parts before doing any type of surgery. If the part is clean than it shoul be used. If it has a disease i dont think a perosn should put it in their body. Instead maybe try and use it for science to try and figure out different cures for whatever disease is seen.

amanda said...

I agree with mostly what everyone is saying doctors arent looking into peoples records of past and currents problems and examining it to the fullest extent and that is where people are going wrong doctors i mean and messing up their patiesnt.The way the author is speaking I feel like he is worried and cares and is speaking in a very harsh manner. He uses the doctors and patients statements to prove the points and to grab us as the readers attention. I think that if I was to recieve and organ I would want to knwo that I will be living a long and healthy life not trying to worry what is going to happen to me and what infection I could recieve.

sami said...

samiirae129Along with what most of the class has stated, i agree upon the statement that organ doning has become more popular as years go on. The article explains how it should be a more serious priority to get the organs tested for any serious diseases before going through with the surgery. The lack of testing these organ has infected people with the HIV virus, AIDS, and even hepititis. Getting an organ is suppose to make you live longer and happier not miserable and shorter. For those people infected with the HIV virus it was like they got the surgery for no reason. On the other hand, i believe that organ doning is a huge benefit in todays society and does help a lot of people in the long run. But also I think that doctors should now take into consideration more testing of the oragns before goin through with the surgery therefore the patient will be healthy and not get infected with any such virus. Another question that should be taken into consideration is that he patient should ask about the history of the person who is giving them the organ. These few things could actually help prevent someone receiving the organ the chance to get a virus.

Perk said...

The article posted by Newsweek is informative, which is telling us the readers to pay attention more when it comes to tranplants. More and more people are recieving transplant procedures because of the increase in organ donating. But what most people don't know is that organ transplants can lead to other dieases like HIV. Most organs are not tested for dieases and thats way people are getting ill. I think before doctors go ahead with the procedure they need to test the organ for disease, cancer or anything abnormal. While reading the article you ask yourself organ transplants worth putting your health at a greater risk?