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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 61-65

Management of the brain stem dead organ donor

Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Kochi, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. S Gokul Das
Anandham, House No. 8/227, North Parur, Ernakulam - 683 513, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/AMJM.AMJM_16_20

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The diagnosis of brain stem death is quintessential in modern medical practice. It not only identifies the patients who will not benefit from continuing treatment but also opens the possibility of the patient becoming an organ donor. The increasing demand for organs has resulted in an evidence-based and scientific approach to optimizing these patients to ensure smooth conduct of brain stem death testing and ensuring the viability of organs. These guidelines describe the decision-making process for identifying the potential donors, medico-legal concerns regarding consent, exclusion criteria for eligibility, and suggested age limits of the donor as a consideration for the viability of different organs. The system-wise approach of assessing these patients, optimizing those using pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions, and the targets for resuscitation are described in detail.

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