pronouncing death

pronouncing death

Forensic medicine The act of monitoring–eg, with a stethoscope or an EKG a Pt's condition and determining the time of death. See Harvard criteria. Cf Certifying death.
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The Nurses Association of New Brunswick (NANB) encourages employers to develop policies that support RNs in pronouncing death.
To the Editor: Before using brain criteria, pronouncing death in humans was based on irreversible loss of something vaguely thought of as respiration or circulation or cardiac function.
That case still requires that we confirm the empirical claim that circulation was indeed irreversibly lost after the mere seventy-five seconds before pronouncing death.
Arkas even turns his nihilistic satire against his own poetics, by having the final voice heard (for the first time) in the play be that of the surgeon pronouncing death and organ harvesting, thus reminding his rapt audience that this whole drama of desperate survival has been nothing but the imperceptible death of one drunk loser.
She died on Saturday in her sleep at home, with doctors formally pronouncing death at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
The physician will then pronounce the patient dead or, to provide an additional margin of safety, in some cases will wait an additional two to five minutes after cardiac function has stopped before pronouncing death.
To guard against such mistakes, NHBD programs have traditionally waited a few minutes after determining that cardiopulmonary function has ceased before pronouncing death and beginning organ retrieval.