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OPO too Aggressive in Determinations of Death

The director of South Florida’s Organ Procurement Organization has stepped down.

The Miami Herald reports that Michael Goldstein’s methods have drawn complaints in the past. “While he was medical director for the New York Organ Donor Network . . . he was named in a 2012 lawsuit [that] accused Goldstein and the organ bank’s leaders of pressuring staff to aggressively pursue brain death determinations for hospital patients in order to increase donations.”

In Florida, “doctors and nurses at some of the 81 South Florida hospitals where LAORA recovers organs have complained of the agency’s aggressive procurement methods . . .  including allegations that the agency’s staff pressured family members to consent to donations . . . .”

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