Brain Death Declaration: A Nursing Perspective

Nov 17 2:00 PM - Nov 17, 3:00 PM 2016
Nov 17, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Precise and accurate determination of death is crucial from medical, ethical and legal standpoints. However, variability in practice leads to confusion and uncertainty among care providers and patients’ families. Nurses play a significant role in the care of the patient who is undergoing brain death testing and with the patient’s family who needs to make a rapid transition from cure to end of life. Having a clear understanding of brain death can help nurses ensure continued collaborative care for the patient for whom brain death testing is being considered, provide support for family members who are in crisis and unclear about the prognosis and end of life care.

Mary McKenna Guanci, MSN, RN, CNRN, CSRN, Neuroscience Intensive Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

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