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who must carry out brainstem death testing

two qualified doctors who have been registered for at least 5 years, one is a consultant
neither can be a member of the transplant team

must be done twice


what are the 3 criterior for carrying out testing

reversible influences on consciousness level must be excluded
formal testing of brain stem activity


what are the preconditions for testing

irreversible brain damage from a known cause
unconscious, apnoeic, mechanically ventilated

no sedative drugs, hypothermia etc


what tests are carried out

pupillary response to light
corneal reflex
oculovestibular reflexes
motor response to supra orbital pressure
cough reflex
apnnoea test


when is the time of death

after the first test indicates death