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Ethics and Healthcare Essay

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Ethics and Health Care

Erica Badillo


July 8, 2013
Michael Taylor

Ethics and Health Care

      Ethics is a topic that plays a role in every business. The health care system is no different. In fact, ethical decision-making in the health care system is difficult and at times creates grounds for disagreement. One topic that is of recent conflict relates to the pediatric population and lung transplants. The four major ethical principles autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice play roles in determining who is eligible to receive a transplant.
Pediatric Lung Transplantation
      The first adult lung transplant was performed in 1983 (U.S. Department of Human and Health Services, 2013).   Pediatric transplants have been around for a few decades. Lung transplants in children are not performed as frequent and have yet to be well studied. This makes it difficult to determine the long term effects of pediatric lung transplants. Recent headlines of a 10-year-old child in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has brought light to the ethical challenges in health care. This 10-year-old child has a life threatening disease called cystic fibrosis. Thick mucus invades the lungs and exposes her to multiple lung infections. The time has come where conventional treatments do not work and a lung transplant is required. In June of this year, a judge made a decision to overturn the policy that prevents her from being a candidate to receive an adult lung. The National Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTNT), which is a subdivision of the United Network for Sharing Organs (UNOS), creates policies on how organs are distributed among waiting lists (U.S. Department of Human and Health Services, 2013). The policy for children under the age of 12 is that they have priority on lungs from children of similar age and are within a 1,000 mile radius (U.S. Department of Human and Health Services, 2013). Children are not offered adult...

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