2017 Alaska Statutes
Title 13. Decedents' Estates, Guardianships, Transfers, Trusts, and Health Care Decisions
Chapter 52. Health Care Decisions Act
Sec. 13.52.223. Rights and duties of procurement organization and others.

Universal Citation: AK Stat § 13.52.223 (2017)

(a) When a hospital refers an individual at or near death to a procurement organization, the organization shall make a reasonable search of the records of the department and a donor registry.

(b) A procurement organization shall be allowed reasonable access to information in the records of the department to ascertain whether an individual at or near death is a donor.

(c) Except as provided by AS 13.52.253, when a hospital refers an individual at or near death to a procurement organization, the organization may conduct any reasonable examination necessary to ensure the medical suitability of a part that is or could be the subject of an anatomical gift for transplantation, therapy, research, or education from a donor or a prospective donor. Except as provided by AS 13.52.055 or 13.52.253, during the examination period, measures necessary to ensure the medical suitability of the part may not be withheld or withdrawn, unless the hospital or procurement organization knows that the individual expressed a contrary intent.

(d) Unless prohibited by law other than AS 13.52.173 — 13.52.268, at any time after a donor's death, the person to whom a part passes under AS 13.52.207 may conduct any reasonable examination necessary to ensure the medical suitability of the body or part for its intended purpose.

(e) Unless prohibited by law other than AS 13.52.173 — 13.52.268, an examination under (c) or (d) of this section may include an examination of all medical and dental records of the donor or prospective donor.

(f) Upon the death of a minor who was a donor or had signed a refusal, unless a procurement organization knows the minor is emancipated, the procurement organization shall conduct a reasonable search for the parents of the minor and provide the parents with an opportunity to revoke or amend the anatomical gift or revoke the refusal.

(g) Upon referral by a hospital under (a) of this section, a procurement organization shall make a reasonable search for any person listed in AS 13.52.197 having priority to make an anatomical gift on behalf of a prospective donor. If a procurement organization receives information that an anatomical gift to any other person was made, amended, or revoked, it shall promptly advise the other person of all relevant information.

(h) Subject to AS 13.52.207(i) and 13.52.257, the rights of the person to whom a part passes under AS 13.52.207 are superior to the rights of all others with respect to the part. The person may accept or reject an anatomical gift in whole or in part. Subject to the terms of the document of gift and AS 13.52.173 — 13.52.268, a person who accepts an anatomical gift of an entire body may allow embalming, burial, or cremation, and use of remains in a funeral service. If the gift is of a part, the person to whom the part passes under AS 13.52.207, on the death of the donor and before embalming, burial, or cremation, shall cause the part to be removed without unnecessary mutilation.

(i) The physician who attends the decedent at death and the physician who determines the time of the decedent's death may not participate in the procedures for removing or transplanting a part from the decedent.

(j) A physician or technician may remove a donated part from the body of a donor that the physician or technician is qualified to remove.

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