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