Harvard criteria

A series of 4 parameters delineated by the Harvard Medical School ad hoc committee for irreversible coma

Harvard criteria

A series of 4 parameters delineated by the the Harvard Medical School ad hoc committee for irreversible coma
Harvard criteria for brain death
• Unreceptivity and unresponsiveness
• No movement or breathing
• No reflexes
• Flat electroencephalogram (confirmatory)
In addition, the following must be present
• Body temperature ≥32º C
• Absence of CNS depressants
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Teresi believes that the committees pronouncement, which became extremely influential throughout the country, was profoundly misguided and immoral: "the Harvard criteria predict that the patient will die.
At about the same time, in 1968, medical researchers published the Harvard Criteria for Irreversible Coma.
While most neurosurgeons in metropolitan Bangkok have adopted the Harvard criteria of brain death, which facilitates earlier retrieval of organs for transplantation, rural physicians working at hospitals where Western technology is lacking determine death by traditional heart-lung criteria.

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