Virtual Mentor. March 2000, Volume 2, Number 3.
Practicing Procedures on the Newly Deceased for Training Purposes
The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.
Poll ResultsAre practice procedures on recently deceased patients ethically permissible?
54 votes recorded
Yes, as long as alternative means are not available
7 votes - 7%
Yes, as long as patients are informed during admission that they may be subjected to such procedures
No, because these procedures are strictly for pedagogical purposes and by definition provide no therapeutic benefits for the deceased
No, because families are usually not informed when such procedures occur
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