Code of Ethics: The Living Legacy of Maryland
The box on our driver’s license form asking if you want to be an organ donor is the same box that is on many hospital’s admission forms. Many people do not think much about what the answer to this question could mean for people in need of a second chance at life. The Living Legacy Foundation with its commitment to excellence and promotion of support of families as well as public and professional education concerning transplantation and research has made a point to bring this issue to the forefront. The foundation’s ethical principles and values, its culture and ethical decision-making, and social responsibility to the public will reveal its commitment to its mission, vision, and goals. The Organization’s Goals, Ethical Principles, and Values
The Living Legacy of Maryland is an organization that helps facilitate organ donation and transplantation in Maryland. The main organizational goals are to carry out the wishes of each individual and his or her family struck by tragedy or facing death while saving lives. The foundation educates and supports families of organ donors. The organizational goals of The Living Legacy help address several ethical principles. Organ donation and transplantation saves lives. Religious, cultural, and ethical principles play a part. Ethically many people are unsure if their family member will be treated the same if he or she comes into the hospital injured or ill already a registered organ donor. The Living Legacy explains to families that the team caring for their loved one is doing all that they can to save his or her life and if he or she is declared brain dead a different medical team, the transplant team, takes over with care (The Living Legacy Foundation, n.d.). The Living Legacy of Maryland has solid ethical values as a corporation dealing with death, tragedy, and saving lives. Beneficence is one ethical principle that goes hand-in-hand with organ donation. The ethical principles of beneficence are to treat the greatest amount of people with the greatest amount of good and do not harm or kill intentionally. According to Ascension Health (2011), beneficence is to, “Appreciate the complexity of life and make sound judgments for the good of oneself, others, and the common good (Principle of Beneficence, para. 3). Two groups composed of individuals from the medical community, donor, and recipient families, and Maryland residents direct and guide the Living Legacy Foundation closely. One of the groups advises and one governs the foundation addressing issues, concerns, trends, and needs. Ethical values and concerns are frequent concerning organ donation. The Living Legacy of Maryland holds Marylanders hands when one life has ended. Because of one donor, many lives have new beginnings. Organization’s Culture and Ethical Decision-making
Their mission statement- The Living Legacy Foundation will be a leading advocate, educator, and provider of organ and tissue donation services for transplantation and research best defines the organizational culture of the Living Legacy Foundation. The organization and the individuals who work or volunteer their time there all embrace the belief that organ donation saves lives. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a single individual donating organ can save up to eight lives (“Why Donate,” 2011). Although the act of donating an organ saves lives, organ donation is not widely understood or even accepted. The benefits of organ donation can be spread through advertising and education however, this can create ethical issues. One such issue is avoiding coercion when recruiting people to sign up as organ donors. The organization’s culture of giving and strong belief in helping others aided them in solving this ethical issue. Learning about, understanding, and promoting informed consent help the organization spread the word about donations in an ethical manner. Informed consent...
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