Original Webinar Information
Brain death evaluation and declaration can be an intimidating and daunting for health care providers including physicians, nurses, trainees, and families. Evaluating pediatric patients for brain death requires an in depth understanding of the pathophysiology of severe acute brain injury, technical aspects of how to perform the examination and evaluation, and experience communicating with families under these circumstances. During this webinar, we will discuss recommended practices for pediatric brain death evaluation and declaration, clinical and ethical challenges, and effective communication strategies.
At the end of the webinar, participants should be able to:
- Identify the differences in brain death declaration practices and guidelines between children and adults.
- Explain the considerations for various age groups, e.g. infants vs. children, when declaring brain death, and indications for ancillary testing.
- Describe effective communication strategies when working with family members of a child with severe acute brain injury undergoing brain death evaluation.
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.