The Alliance Advancement Series
Presented on: Thursday, December 08, 2022
Brain Death, Coma, or Vegetative State? These three neurological conditions are often confused with one another, especially when there’s presence of certain reflexes or physiological responses. What does it mean if a patient shows signs of spontaneous breathing? Does a patient require ventilator support when undergoing apnea testing? During this discussion, we will be joined by Dr. Galen Henderson, Director of Neurocritical Care, who will review the process of brain death determination with special focus on some of the unique challenges associated with a brain death testing. Additionally, Dr. Henderson will address some of the common misconceptions and concerns voiced by families, and even other healthcare professionals, as it relates to confirming the diagnosis.
- Recognize the difference between a brain-dead patient and a patient who is in a vegetative state or coma.
- Effectively describe the brain death testing process to provide clarity and understanding for families struggling to accept the diagnosis.
- Explain the physiology behind spontaneous reflex movements in patients who present indications that are consistent with Brain Death.
Members of the donation and transplantation community serving diverse populations to include administrators, coordinators, physicians, nurses, surgeons, managers, quality improvement specialists, social workers, and other donation and transplantation center professionals and their colleagues.
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