Brain Death Declaration: A Nursing Perspective

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm ET/ 11:00am - 12:00pm PT           


Even for healthcare providers, Death by Neurologic Criteria (or Brain Death) is a challenging concept to grasp. These patients exhibit the same symptoms as comatose patients in that they also have vital signs, circulating blood, and extremities that sometimes respond to stimulation. Thus, it should come as no shock that families of brain-dead patients react to the news with denial as they are unclear about the prognosis. Not only do nurses play a significant role in the care of a patient who is undergoing brain death testing but also with the patient’s family who needs to make a rapid transition from “recovery” to “end-of-life care”. Having a clear understanding of the brain death prognosis can help nurses facilitate standardized and accurate testing, ensure continued collaborative care of the patient, and provide support for family members who are in crisis.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Identify at least two tests performed during the brain death exam.
  • Describe the conditions that mimic brain death.
  • Define the nurse’s role in the management of a patient undergoing brain death evaluation.
  • Recall strategies that will aid the family in understanding a brain death diagnosis.


  • Margaret Seyffert, RN, Intensive Nursing Science Diploma, CPTC, CCTC, TPM

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Target Audience:
Members of the donation and transplantation community serving diverse populations to include administrators, coordinators, physicians, nurses (particularly critical care and emergency room nurses), surgeons, managers, quality improvement specialists, social workers, and other donation and transplantation center professionals and their colleagues.

Continuing Education:
CEPTC - The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance is offering 1.0 Category I CEPTC credit from the American Board for Transplant Certification. Certified clinical transplant and procurement coordinators and certified clinical transplant nurses seeking CEPTC credit must complete the evaluation form within 30 days of viewing the recording.

Nursing - The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance is offering 1.0 hour of continuing education credit for this offering, approved by The California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17117. 


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Webinar - Brain Death Declaration: A Nursing Perspective

  • Tuesday July 16 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM