Brain Death

Hardcover | May 19, 2011

byEelco F.M. Wijdicks

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Brain Death is a new, ambitious, and thoroughly researched work that draws heavily upon original research data but also is interspersed throughout with practical information for the practicing neurologist, neurointensivist, neurosurgeon, anesthesiologist, trauma surgeon and organ procurementorganizations.The core of the text combines the theory and practice of brain death determination, history, and the development of clinical criteria of what brain death is. With incredible clarity, the author describes in the first five chapters the complex neurological evaluations and all the pitfalls that canbe experienced: cultural beliefs, bioethical problems, discussions with family members, and many of the issues associated with organ procurement.Brain Death also includes a separate chapter that comprises 25 of the most commonly encountered problems in evaluating the brain dead patient and their corresponding answers, as well as a pocket card to assist with the documentation of brain death at the bedside.

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Brain Death is a new, ambitious, and thoroughly researched work that draws heavily upon original research data but also is interspersed throughout with practical information for the practicing neurologist, neurointensivist, neurosurgeon, anesthesiologist, trauma surgeon and organ procurementorganizations.The core of the text combines t...

Eelco F. M. Wijdicks is Professor of Neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Chair of the Division of Critical Care Neurology, and Consultant, Neurological Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit, at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, MN.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:May 19, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199793360

ISBN - 13:9780199793365

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Table of Contents

1. History of Brain Death2. Neurology of Brain Death3. Beliefs About Brain Death4. Critics and Brain Death5. Procurement After Brain Death6. Clinical Problems in Brain Death1. The qualification of the examiner2. Clinical mimics3. Acid-base disturbances4. Electrolyte abnormalities5. Acute intoxications6. Reliability of ancillary tests7. Ancillary tests and confounders8. Primary brainstem lesion9. Uncertainty with interpreting spinal reflexes10. Ventilator autocycling11. Chronic CO2 retention and apnea test12. Aborting the apnea test13. Breathing during the apnea test14. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation15. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)16. Anencephaly17. Shaken baby syndrome18. Maternal brain death19. Legal concerns20. Family opposition21. Sperm and oocyte retrieval22. Organ donation and the hemodynamically unstable donor23. Organ donation in prisoners24. Organ donation, consent and costs25. Organ donation and directing the gift