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protocol 1.021a : Declaration of Death by Neurologic Criteria (Brain Death)

Death by neurologic criteria (DNC) shall mean the irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem. Death by neurologic criteria is legally and ethically equivalent to death by cardiorespiratory criteria. Per Medical Center Policy No. 0115 and state statute (Code of Virginia 54.1-2972), the diagnosis of death by neurologic criteria is made by a board-eligible or board-certified neurologist, neurosurgeon, or critical care physician. Determination of death by neurologic criteria is in accordance with the criteria listed herein. All observations, tests, and findings are recorded in the patient’s medical record. The diagnosis of death by neurologic criteria CANNOT BE MADE IN PREMATURE INFANTS. LifeNet Health (the contracted Organ Procurement Organization for the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center) must be notified or updated regarding the plan to evaluate for death by neurologic criteria. LifeNet Health will evaluate the patient’s potential for organ donation. [contacts: J. Provencio; S.D. Mahanes; D. Theodore]

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  1. effective date:

    September 17, 2018
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