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Sperm removal and dead or dying patients: a dilemma for emergency departments and intensive care units

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Middleton, SL and Buist, MD, Sperm removal and dead or dying patients: a dilemma for emergency departments and intensive care units, Medical Journal of Australia, 190, (5) pp. 244-246. ISSN 0025-729X (2009) [Refereed Article]

Abstract

An unexpected consequence of the increase in the use of fertility treatment is that emergency department and intensive care doctors are receiving requests from wives (actual or de facto) of dying or recently deceased men for sperm removal. Legislation in all states and territories regulates removal of sperm from a dying man and, provided that lawful consent is obtained, a doctor can harvest sperm. In several states, including Victoria, harvested sperm cannot be used in a fertilisation procedure without the man's consent, and debate surrounds the issue of consent and how it can be proved. Recent Victorian Law Reform Commission recommendations attempt to streamline the law to make a man's consent the cornerstone of decision making for both harvesting and subsequent use of sperm.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Law
Research Field:Law not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the Law
Objective Field:Law Reform
Author:Middleton, SL (Ms Sarah Buist)
Author:Buist, MD (Professor Michael Buist)
ID Code:87468
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Medicine (Discipline)
Deposited On:2013-11-20
Last Modified:2014-12-19
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