This article reviews criteria for a brain death diagnosis in adults, complicating conditions that must be ruled out, the brain death exam, and tests used to determine brain death. The author also highlights some of the evidence-based research in the 2010 update of American Academy of Neurology (AAN) guidelines.
Teresa E. Hills is a neurosurgery critical care nurse practitioner at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Del. Adapted and updated from Hills TE. Determining brain death: a review of evidence-based guidelines. Nursing. 2010;40(12):34–40.
A review of evidence-based guidelines.
The author has disclosed that she has no financial relationships related to this article.