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Most hospitals nationwide authorized to remove organs from brain-dead donors for transplants are prepared for such an event, albeit with certain reservations, according to results of a survey by The Yomiuri Shimbun.
Of the 371 hospitals surveyed, 334 institutions, or 90 percent, responded. Of those, 328 said they would make the utmost effort to cooperate in performing necessary procedures.
About 20 percent of respondents, however, said they were not confident in their ability to pronounce patients brain dead. The determination of brain death is a critical phase of the transplantation process under the Organ Transplant Law.
In an apparent hint at …