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Claire Creutzfeldt

UW Medicine
Claire Creutzfeldt

Brief Bio

Claire Creutzfeldt, MD, is a board-certified neurologist at Harborview and a UW School of Medicine associate professor of Neurology.

Dr. Creutzfeldt believes in working with patients to find out who they are and what is important to them. She also believes in educating patients about their disease, their treatment options and alternatives, with the goal to adapt diagnosis and treatment to what matters most to patients and their families.

Dr. Creutzfeldt earned her M.D. at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. She is board certified in both Neurology and Vascular Neurology. Her main clinical and research interests are in neuro-palliative care, especially for patients with severe acute brain injury.

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Navigating Objections to Brain Death Declaration in a Family-Centered Environment

Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at 3:00pm

Understanding Death by Neurological Criteria (Brain Death) is challenging, especially for families processing the loss of their loved ones. That said, it is not uncommon for families of patients exhibiting signs of brain death to react to the prognosis with denial. This discussion will highlight two cases where the healthcare and OPO teams were faced with family objection to Brain Death declaration. The first case will examine protocols implemented to address family objections that took place before testing has started, and the second will examine protocols implemented where objections occurred after the patient was declared brain dead. We will be joined by a multidisciplinary panel of professionals who will share insights and offer strategies from their unique perspectives.

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