Report prompts protocols for diagnosis of brain death
American Medical News, Oct. 14, 2002.
Note: Confidence in the organ donation process depends heavily in
the process of establishing that the donor is, in fact, dead. Dr. Peter
Gruen's efforts to ensure transparency in the process will not only
benefit families, but should help to minimize conflicts of conscience
among members of organ donation teams. [Administrator]
After reviewing the 78 brain deaths documented at the hospital in 1999,
J. Peter Gruen, MD, and colleagues at the Keck School of Medicine of the
University of Southern California in Los Angeles, discovered that the
diagnosis was highly variable and concluded that standards for practice and
documentation were sorely needed. . .Dr. Gruen believes each of the
brain-dead patients was correctly diagnosed, but he said it's important that
the patients' family members have the same level of confidence. . . A
checklist of tests to be used in making a brain-death declaration was
established, as was a brain-death credentialing committee. . . (Full
text of article)
Brain death documentation: analysis and issues.
Wang MY, Wallace P, Gruen JP. Department of Neurological Surgery, Keck
School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles,
California 90033, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neurosurgery 2002 Sep;51(3):731-5; discussion 735-6 PMID: 12188952