Whole Body Donation

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Whole Body Donation for Research and Education.

There are several types of donations that can occur after death. Organ donation, this occurs primarily occurs for the purposes of life saving transplantation. Tissue and eye donation for the purposes of transplantation, which is primarily, considered life enhancing. In some cases it could be considered life saving but for the most part a person would survive without the transplantation. This includes things such as bone grafts for accident or cancer victims, or eye (cornea) donation. They would likely live without it but might otherwise be significantly impaired i.e. blind, or crippled. Organ eye and tissue donation for transplantation is one of the most highly regulated areas in healthcare. Multiple regulatory agencies at the federal level such as CMS (Center for Medicare Services), FDA (Federal Drug Association), UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) have oversight. These areas of donation are also regulated in many, but not all cases by state oversight. This regulation while adding cost and complication helps assure the safety of the public.

The next area of donation is done for the purposes of education or research. This area is completely unregulated in most states. The bodies donated to unregulated programs can be used for a variety of purposes. Often they are used as cadavers for training medical students. The remains could also be used as anatomical models for a chiropractor’s office, be processed to make a mold of the bone structure of a foot, or even be plasticized and used as a body in an exhibit. Other uses include research for the possible application in the treatment of disease like diabetes, Parkinson’s or arthritis. Many of these uses are beneficial to society and may be absolutely fine with the person or the family who donated the deceased body.

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