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More Hospitals/Governments Push For Organ Transplants 5 Minutes or Less After Heart Stops

August 8, 2006 ( - A growing push has arisen from the medical community to increase the number of available human transplant organs by removing organs from non-brain-dead organ donors who experience "cardiac death," or 5 minutes of cardiac arrest. A recent article in the New Scientist, entitled "Not brain-dead, but ripe for transplant," once again brings the contentious procedure, which was reported on by in June of this year, back into the limelight.

The procedure, known as "donation after cardiac death" (DCD) or non-heart beating organ donation (NHBD) gained notoriety earlier this year in Canada after an Ottawa hospital announced in June its first DCD transplant.

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