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August 13, 2010 at 9:28 am Leave a comment

Kidney Pilot Set

by SEAN GARDINER And SUZANNE SATALINE

The New York City Police Department has agreed to participate in an experimental program with New York University School of Medicine and other agencies to recover kidneys from volunteer donors who die outside of hospitals, the NYPD said.

Physicians in the U.S. are permitted to harvest organs only from people who die in hospitals. The new program—which would speed donors’ bodies to Bellevue Hospital for organ removals—would be the first in the nation to try the approach used in Spain and France, said Lewis Goldfrank, Bellevue’s head of emergency medicine.

The decision by police officials was the last needed that would allow NYU, Bellevue and various city and state agencies to use a $1.5 million federal grant to establish organ-recovery protocols and a mobile retrieval team.

Under the pilot plan, attendants traveling in a special organ-preservation vehicle would respond to an emergency call if paramedics decide they cannot revive a heart-attack victim, Dr. Goldfrank said. The organ team would confirm with family or friends that the deceased was a donor. The team would then be allowed to take the body to Bellevue to remove the kidneys.

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