Jan 27th Chat – Controversies Surrounding Brain Death


Add your thought#hcldr #healthcare #leadership tmoro 8:30pm ET @ChrisCarrollMD guest. Topic: Controversies Around Brain Death @hcldr http://hcldr.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/jan-27th-controversies-surrounding-brain-death/s here… (optional)

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Chris Carroll MD

Blog post by Chris Carroll, MD (#HCLDR Guest)

The death of any person is tragic, even more so when that person is a child. Recently, there has been significant media coverage of the case of Jahi McMath, a 13-year old girl who according to news reports, underwent medical procedures to try to improve her obstructive sleep apnea, arrested following surgery, was resuscitated and placed on a ventilator, and was pronounced brain dead on December 12th. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time and to the medical staff caring for Jahi and her family through this challenging and emotional situation.

Although this case presents an opportunity to provide education about the determination of death, there has been little reasoned discussion. Emotional discussions are understandable in situations like this one. But civil and thoughtful discussions are crucial as well to help families and providers through these…

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