Holistic Care: Are we treating the Patient or the condition?

Essay by Alesha M. JohnsonCollege, UndergraduateA+, November 1996

download word file, 8 pages 4.3

Downloaded 226 times

In today's fast-paced world where technology rules, the medical profession is also

advancing. In 1991, 2,900 liver transplants were performed in the United States while there

were 30,000 canidates for the procedure in the United States alone (Heffron, T. G., 1993).

Due to shortages of available organs for donation/transplantation, specifically livers, once again

science has come to the rescue.

Although the procedure is fairly new in the United States, the concept of living organ

donation is fast growing. Living related liver transplantion was first proposed as a theoretical

entity in 1969 but it was not until almost twenty years later that the procedure became a clinical

reality (Heffron, T. G., 1993). Living related liver transplants have mainly been performed in

the United States and Japan until recently. In 1991 Europe began trying to institute the

procedure. The first transplant of this type took place in 1989 (Broelsch, C. E., Burdelski, M.,

Rogiers, X., Gundlach, M., Knoefel, W. T., Langwieler, T., Fischer, L., Latta, A., Hellwege,

H., Schulte, F., Schmiegel, W., Sterneck, M., Greten, H., Kuechler, T., Krupski, G.,

Loeliger, D., Kuehnl, P., Pothmann, W., & Schulte Am Esch, J., 1994). This concept still has

many areas that have not yet been explored in depth and there are sensitive issues involved that

need to be addressed.

Live organ donation came about as a means to solve the problem of the absence of a

donor. Many people die every year while waiting for a donor organ and many others suffer

because of complications linked to finding a suitable donor. Before live organ donation most

available organs were harvested/transplanted from cadavers. This procedure has problems of its

own. Complications include: (a) suitable match, (b) legalities, (c) family not wanting to donate

organs, and (d) time. With live organ donation a suitable match should...