National Association of Medical Examiners Position Paper: Medical Examiner Release of Organs and Tissues for Transplantation

National Association of Medical Examiners

J. Keith Pinckard MD PhD, Roberta J. Geiselhart BSN F-ABMDI, Ellen Moffatt MD, Gregory A. Schmunk MD, Daniel L. Schultz MD, Suzanne R. Utley MD, Samantha B. Wetzler MD

ABSTRACT: The National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) endorsed a position paper on the medical examiner/coroner (ME/C) release of organs and tissues in cases falling under ME/C jurisdiction in 2007; this paper has now sunsetted. The goal of this paper is to provide an update on ME/C denials and to reaf rm NAME’s position on this topic. In sum- mary, it is the position of NAME that ME/Cs should permit the procurement of organs and tis- sues in cases falling under their jurisdiction, providing that there are cooperative agreements in place to ensure that ME/Cs are able to ful ll their legal mandates regarding determination of cause and manner of death and of appropriate collection and preservation of evidence. 
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