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Facebook organ donors

PR move or genuine concern?

     
12:45 pm on May 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I'm leaning towards PR move. And data harvesting, naturally.
12:52 pm on May 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

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PR and data, no doubt.
1:36 pm on May 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Yup, I wonder when the ads for life insurance, funeral provisions, testament lawyers and the like will start to pop up.
12:14 am on May 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Totally PR move. I don't think the ER will log into Facebook every time a patient is put on life support who has no hope of recovery.
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I was unaware that Marky Z could play a Wurlitzer, let alone that he thought it was a good idea to donate the space, in his book, to hold a list of replacement ones, that people could give away when they no longer need them....

One can only commend his philanthropy..
6:16 am on May 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I believe organ donor status should somehow be encrypted and held in a very secure place -- somewhere that is not accessible to anyone until AFTER one is dead.

The last thing I want an ER doctor looking at when he's deciding whether or not he could save my life, (or choose not to), is the fact that I have a few organs left in decent, harvestable condition -- and I've already signed off saying they can use me for spare parts.

Sure, after I'm gone, and all reasonable efforts have been made to save me, take whatever is left --- but I'm not going to "advertise" on my drivers license, (or on Facebook), that there is a good reason NOT to try to save me.
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I believe organ donor status should somehow be encrypted and held in a very secure place -- somewhere that is not accessible to anyone until AFTER one is dead.

By the time an executor has been appointed and everything goes through probate, the deceased will long since have been cremated. Or, ahem, not-- which is equally useless for organ-donation purposes.

Q: What is the one essential document that should never, ever be kept in a safe-deposit box?

Same principle.
10:17 am on May 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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By the time an executor has been appointed and everything goes through probate...


I guess I should have expanded on my thought. In my state they put Organ Donor info on your drivers license.

I have always thought it would be a deciding factor in how far ER staff would go to save someone...

With modern technology, it would be a simple matter to encode a scanner readable code on the license that retrieves the info of whether or not someone was an organ donor. Or simply a phone number that a doctor can call and type in your license number to get your status.

To verify if you were an organ donor, they'd still need your drivers license whether the "ORGAN DONOR" info was printed in plain text, or an encrypted code that needed to be scanned, or touch-tone entered into a phone based system.

The difference is there would be a time/date stamp on the computer or phone lookup -- and it would be easy enough to install safeguards to be sure the lookup after the declared time of death.

It would insure your privacy about your status as an organ donor and provide a protection against a doctor who might be swayed to not take heroic measures.

Some doctor might have certain prejudices against a near dead drunk driver, suspected criminal, minority, or other person and the "organ donor" status might trigger their God complex and get them thinking "hmmm.. the organs are worth more than their life".
4:02 pm on May 7, 2012 (gmt 0)

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... a little follow up to my "paranoia" about making it known you're an organ donor before you're deceased:

[courthousenews.com...]