Organ donation regulator seeks to change rules

A donate life sign containing information about organ transplants and donation sits near the entrance of the Delaware, Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Friday July 11, 2003. The state's new organ donor registry has made only a slight increase in the number of Ohioans who are willing to donate organs. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

September 21, 2011 4:36:14 PM PDT
The organization that regulates organ donations is looking to change its rules.

One change would allow doctors to retrieve organs right away, rather than waiting two minutes to see if the patient's heart starts beating again.

The United Network for Organ Sharing always wants to lift the ban on allowing patients to be organ donors before their doctors and families have given up hope of trying to save their lives.

Critics worry the changes will increase the risk that dying patients will have their care compromised.

Supporters, on the other hand, say it would strengthen the transplant program.