Concerns over the performance of liver transplants at UCLA Standard

According to the LA Times, four Japanese citizens, otherwise barred from entering the United States for criminal activities, received liver transplants at UCLA. There has been no statement as to whether these patients were on a waiting list, and if so, where they placed. Nor has it been revealed what the etiology of the liver disease was – the major consideration in determining the candidacy for the transplant.  One of the patients, reportedly a Yakuza Gang Boss, was helped by the FBI to obtain a US visa in the hope that he would provide the FBI with information in return…

The Need for Transparency when Withholding or Withdrawing Life Sustaining Treatment Standard

    The salient ethical and moral principle applicable to physicians’ responsibilities in following a patient’s rejection of artificial life sustaining treatment is the transparency of the conduct of all physicians, medical staff and fundamental understanding by the family and or friends as to what is being done and how it is being done.     It must be kept in mind that the distinguishing factor between terminal withdrawal or withholding of artificial life sustaining treatment and euthanasia is the patient’s rejection of treatment, either directly or through a properly informed surrogate, of artificial life sustaining treatment. Unambiguous documentation must set forth…