Brain Death Pronouncement
- State legislation provides guidance on requirements for brain death determination.
- The AAN provides best practice recommendations for the determination process.
- Ancillary tests are not required by legislation, but should be utilized only when the clinical examination cannot be fully performed or confounders cannot be corrected.
- Apnea testing is not an ancillary test – it is an essential part of the clinical evaluation, testing brainstem function.
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