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Hastings Cent Rep. 1985 Oct;15(5):27-8.

No cheers for temporary artificial hearts.



The author continues his argument against the temporary artificial heart ("The Phoenix heart: what we have to lose," Hastings Center Report 1985 Jun; 15(3): 15-16) with an account of recipient Michael Drummond's experience at the University of Arizona in August 1985. Annas faults the University's informed consent procedure and labels its consent form "misleading, rudimentary, and confusing." He also questions why Drummond was assigned top priority for a human heart after he had received a temporary artificial one. Annas urges a moratorium on permanent artificial hearts because of their devastating effects on recipients, and on temporary devices because they may become permanent. He also argues that there is, as yet, no ethically acceptable way of allocating human hearts to those with artificial hearts, and that the expensive bridge-to-transplant procedure fails to increase the total number of lives saved by heart transplants.

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