The American Academy of Neurology brain death evaluation protocol, followed by Florida Statute, is intended as a useful tool for clinicians. This guidance is opinion-based. Alternative protocols may be equally informative.

The determination of brain death varies somewhat from hospital to hospital, but generally includes:

  1. Clinical evaluation to confirm the total absence of brainstem reflexes and an absence of respiratory drive.
  2. Ancillary tests performed including EEG, cerebral angiography, nuclear scan, Transcranial Doppler (TCD), CTA, and MRI/MRA.