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Model Protocol on Accommodating Family Objections to Brain Death

A new article in Neurocritical Care finds that the protocols at most U.S. hospitals do not include mention of how to handle circumstances in which families object to performance of brain death evaluation or discontinuation of organ support after brain death. 

In “Prolonging Support After Brain Death: When Families Ask for More,” the authors recommend the creation of “guidelines on management of these socially and ethically complex situations may be helpful to prevent distress to families and hospital staff.”

They recommend a “panel of neurointensivists, ethicists,
and religious officials create guidelines on management of
these socially and ethically complex situations in order to
assist institutions in protocol generation.”

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