POLS 3700 Lecture Notes - American Enterprise Institute, Pancuronium Bromide, Sally Satel

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Donating organs is also a good method for condemned prisoners to give back to society
and gain redemption. Although donating organs would not atone for the heinous crimes they
might have committed, it will allow these individuals to do some good or perhaps provide
comfort to family members. Sally Satel, a psychiatrist and scholar at the American Enterprise
Institute, stated that a donation policy is completely humane- both for the people actively waiting
for organs and for the condemned who are trying to make amends. (Silvia, 2014) In the process
of convicts donating organs, willing prisoners can also request to donate their organs, and court
authorities determine whether they should allow it or not. Although there is a chance for the
request of the prisoner to donate organs to be rejected, lethal injection is still considered the best
method of execution for donating organs, if the request is granted.
Painless and Clean Steps
Lethal injection is one of the most humane, painless ways for the death penalty to be
executed on an offender, and is performed in a three-step process that assures that the individual
feels no pain. The first step includes an injection of a drug, typically a barbiturate, which acts as
a general anesthetic. Individuals are put to sleep, as their awareness of their surroundings
become blocked. The next drug, pancuronium bromide, acts as a paralytic. It helps to block
movement in certain muscles. This drug assures others that lethal injection is indeed painless and
does not involve any cruelty. The last drug that is used is potassium chloride. This drug
essentially stops the heart from working; the heart muscle stops contracting, causing a lack of
blood flow (Zivot, 2015). Although this may sound agonizing, this is the reason as to why the
first two drugs are important to prevent pain and to perform a cruelty-free procedure. The whole
point of putting a patient under anesthesia” is to prevent the individual from feeling or
remembering the pain. There are many arguments that suggest that convicts that are sentenced to
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Donating organs is also a good method for condemned prisoners to give back to society and gain redemption. Although donating organs would not atone for the heinous crimes they might have committed, it will allow these individuals to do some good or perhaps provide comfort to family members. Sally satel, a psychiatrist and scholar at the american enterprise. Although there is a chance for the request of the prisoner to donate organs to be rejected, lethal injection is still considered the best method of execution for donating organs, if the request is granted. Lethal injection is one of the most humane, painless ways for the death penalty to be executed on an offender, and is performed in a three-step process that assures that the individual feels no pain. The first step includes an injection of a drug, typically a barbiturate, which acts as a general anesthetic. Individuals are put to sleep , as their awareness of their surroundings become blocked.

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