recognition of death

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recognition of death

An analytical process in which a person is satisfactorily proven to be dead by his doctors. Death may be obvious with clear signs pathognomonic of death (e.g., hypostasis, rigor mortis). If not obvious, death should be identified by "the simultaneous and irreversible onset of apnoea and unconsciousness in the absence of circulation”. Guidance as to recognition of death in the UK also requires that full and extensive attempts at reversing any contributing cause to the cardiorespiratory arrest, have been made—e.g., body temperature, endocrine, metabolic and biochemical abnormalities.

Criteria for recognising death—one or more of the following is fulfilled:
• The individual meets the criteria for not attempting cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
• Attempts at cardiopulmonary resuscitation have failed;
• Treatment aimed at sustaining life has been withdrawn because it has been decided to be of no further benefit to the patient and not in his or her best interest to continue and/or is in respect of the patient’s wishes in an advance directive.
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So, with neither of those things present, I think it is very difficult to be absolutely certain about his condition, really, right up until the time of confirmation of death by Dr Redgrave.
The death sentences were to be referred to the Grand Mufti, Egypt's highest religious authority, for consultative review and confirmation of death sentences.
Replying to a question about the death of some Pakistanis in Sanaa, he said so far there is no confirmation of death of any Pakistani there but the Foreign Office is in contact with the Yemeni authorities for confirmation in this regard.
The EP expressed deep concern about "a series of recent court decisions in Egypt, including the lengthy jail terms handed down on 23 June 2014 to three Al Jazeera journalists and 11 other defendants tried in absentia, as well as the confirmation of death sentences against 183 people".
A statement released by the spokesman for the UN Secretary General said: "[Ban Ki-moon] is deeply concerned by recent court decisions in Egypt, particularly the confirmation of death sentences for 183 people and the sentencing of journalists, including from Al Jazeera today, to lengthy jail terms.
The body of the Briton was transported to a hospital for confirmation of death and an autopsy.
There is no confirmation of death toll yet, but we are expecting a large number of casualties and we fear thousands may have been killed.
Additional information about confirmation of death and disposal of animal remains; and
Independent confirmation of death tolls is largely impossible in the tribal belt, a Taliban and Al-Qaeda stronghold barred to journalists and aid workers.
The students after the confirmation of death of the man started deteriorating the car and also beat the driver, meanwhile 10 to 12 traffic police staff was present on the spot , the number of the car was ICT Islamabad 96 which was a Honda city car, held by police later on.
Mumbai, Dec 14 (ANI): The Bombay High Court on Tuesday dismissed the plea of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, to order an enquiry to determine whether he was a juvenile even as prosecution sought confirmation of death penalty awarded to him.
The confirmation of death came after a failed attempt at 7 am to save the whale.