As striking as this title may be, you have to admit that in a society that recycles many things including plastic bottles, paper, and even water…this might just make a little bit of sense! Recently, a chap known as Art Caplan from the Division of Medical Ethics has asked the question ‘should we start thinking about recycling medical equipment from the dead’? Turns out some physicians are already doing this…they are breaking the law in doing so, but they’re doing it all the same. Currently, the recycled equipment is shipped off to poorer countries such as India where it is re-homed in a patient over there.
So should we legalise this form of recycling here so that we reduce the cost on the NHS etc etc, well I say why not!? Heck, unless religiously contraindicated, we have no issue using other peoples blood should we need a transfusion, we don’t mind recycling their kidney when we need it, so why should we have an issue re-using someone’s pacemaker, defibrillator or any other piece of medical equipment from someone’s body?
Medscape, (2014). Recycle Medical Equipment From the Dead? Retrieved 11th June, 2014, from http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/825501?nlid=58904_1842&src=wnl_edit_medp_wir&uac=208518SR&spon=17