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NY Introduces Ambulance for Rapid Organ Recovery

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NY Introduces Ambulance for Rapid Organ Recovery

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New York City is starting an ambulance service designed to preserve the organs of the newly deceased so that they'll be available for transplant. There are long lines of people waiting for hearts and kidneys, and proponents say this service will save lives. Critics worry that it might divert resources from the treatment of the living and cause EMTs and doctors to move too quickly to harvest organs.

Dr. Richard O'Brien, a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians, and Arthur Caplan, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Bioethics, talk about the Rapid Organ Recovery service.

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