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Organ request law.

The success of organ transplants gives hope to the very ill, but it also creates a waiting list of patients desperately seeking donor organs. Now lawmakers are attempting to increase the availability of scarce organs. As of Jan. 1, California will join New York and Oregon in requiring general acute-care hospitals to ask families for permission for organ donations whenever a patient dies.

The new rule also requires hospitals to notify organ procurement organizations when organs are donated, and to use "reasonable discretion and sensitivity" when contacting surviving family members.
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Title Annotation:requires hospitals to ask for organ donations when a patient dies
Publication:Science News
Date:Oct 26, 1985
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