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Mobile, Ala. (October 13, 2003)
Contact: Barbara Shaw, USA Hospitals Public Relations, (251) 471-7262 for information


Nurses are not in favor of paying people to donate organs, but seem to agree with an overseas practice of using organs from executed prisoners, according to a study presented by Kimberly Bryan, MSN, RN, CRNP, CCRN of University of South Alabama Medical Center.

Bryan announced the findings of a study that looked at nurses' opinions regarding organ donation at the International Transplant Nurses Society Conference held Oct. 2-4 in Phoenix, Ariz. Co-author Aimee Mosely, RN, USA Medical Center, also attended the conference. Other co-authors of the study from USA Medical Center are Stephanie Brown, MSN, RN, CNA, Helen Huppertz, BS, and Richard Teplick, MD.

Bryan, a member of the Gulf Coast Regional Transplant Center team at USA Medical Center was the only invited presenter from Alabama. Her study sought to determine the views of nursing personnel at USA Medical Center regarding compensation for organ donation and to ascertain the basis of their convictions.

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, there were approximately 80-thousand candidates waiting for organs in 2002, but only 9,500 donors. This shortage has prompted many countries to permit the sale of organs and the use of executed prisoner's organs. The sale of organs is prohibited in the U.S. The survey found that the majority of nurses opposed paying donors for organs, but nearly 60 percent of those surveyed favored the use of organs from executed prisoners.

The study also revealed that attitudes about being an organ donor are influenced by the age of the nurse and the level of education. Younger nurses and those with advanced degrees are more likely to be organ donors.

In an effort to broaden the study to a regional level, researchers from Duke and Tulane Universities have requested to join the next phase of the study. The Gulf Coast Regional Transplant Center provides kidney transplants, evaluations for transplants and follow-up care for patients in lower Alabama, coastal Mississippi and the panhandle of Florida.
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