NOTE: This is a separate course from the free Brain Death Toolkit, and does carry a purchase fee.
While there exists a legal provision for brain death, institutional protocols for diagnosis are not universal and are often absent; no specific criteria for diagnosis is mandated. Even among institutions with an organized diagnostic protocol, there is substantial variation both in the criteria used and who may perform the determination.
The Brain Death Determination course, presented by the Neurocritical Care Society, aims to standardize the process of brain death diagnosis. This credentialing tool will help those clinicians who are allowed by their local laws to perform brain death determination to learn and demonstrate their level of understanding and expertise by:
- Highlighting the necessary steps that must be taken to determine brain death
- Reviewing various exam methods and discussing proper documentation
- Outlining appropriate communication with fellow providers and patient families
- Describing common pitfalls and barriers that may arise during the exam process
This course is accredited for 2 hours of continuing education. It includes a video 1 hour in length, and a 20-question exam at the completion of the video. Once the video has been watched and the exam passed with 80% or better, participants will be granted a certificate of completion. Brain Death Determination Course