New Guideline Update Addresses Determination of Brain Death

March 22, 2011

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A new AAN evidence-based clinical guideline, "Update: Determining Brain Death in Adults," was published in the June 8, 2010, edition of the journal Neurology®. Learn more about the guideline in a one-hour audio conference on Monday, June 21, with the guideline lead author and a coauthor, along with an AAN expert in evidence-based medicine. Participants in the audio conference can earn 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

The new guideline provides an update to the AAN's 1995 guideline designed to give doctors and hospitals a uniform process to follow in diagnosing brain death in adults. The 2010 update confirms the previous findings and provides specific steps for meeting the legal standards of brain death diagnosis. It stresses three signs that a person's brain has permanently stopped functioning.