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Death and dying 

Death and dying
Death and dying

Carl Waldmann

, Neil Soni

, and Andrew Rhodes

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date: 09 May 2021

Confirming death using neurological criteria (brainstem death) 530

Withdrawing and withholding treatment 532

The potential heart-beating organ donor 534

Non-heart-beating organ donation 538

The brainstem provides the anatomical link between the spinal cord and cerebral hemispheres relaying sensory and motor impulses between the periphery and higher cortical centres. It also contains cranial nerve nuclei, the reticular activating system and cardiorespiratory control centres, the destruction of which underlies the process of confirming death according to neurological criteria (brainstem death)....

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