Doctors Change Brain Death Guidelines

(Heidi Klessig, M.D. / American Thinker) – On October 11, 2023, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and several other medical societies released a revised brain death diagnosis guideline for physicians.

The previous 2010 guideline was questioned because it did not comply with the legal definition of death under the Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA). After multiple legal challenges by families disputing a diagnosis of brain death/death by neurologic criteria (BD/DNC), the AAN petitioned the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) to revise and align the brain death law with AAN criteria.

In September 2023, the ULC declined to proceed with a revision to the UDDA. So the AAN has released a new BD/DNC guideline incorporating most of the language tabled by the ULC. CONTINUE