Practical Reviews

'Brain Death' Terminology Not Helpful for Families of Dead Patients

Because defining death may be based on legal, biological, and philosophical criteria, we encounter situations in which families, health care providers, and the legal system may disagree on whether a patient is actually dead.  Brain Death: In California, a teenage girl bled after a tonsillectomy and was declared to be "brain dead" by the health care providers, but the family insisted on keeping the child alive (or, attached to artificial life support). Because the parents and t more...
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