C196 - Brain Death Skills Workshop: How to Perform a Brain Death Evaluation, Avoid Pitfalls and Convey the News to the Family

Event Time: Thursday April 26, 2018 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Topic(s): Neuro Trauma, Critical Care, and Sports Neurology, Foundations in Clinical Neurology, Neurohospitalist
Director(s): Panayiotis Varelas MD, PhD, FAAN
Description: In 2010, the AAN published straightforward guidance for the declaration of death by neurological criteria (brain death, BD), but policies and practices continue to vary significantly across the US and worldwide, increasing the risk for false brain death declarations and erosion of the public trust on our ability to pronounce death reliably. Therefore, there is a great need for health care providers to improve practices surrounding the declaration of BD. This workshop will include 3 consecutive sessions: didactics including videos, simulation of BD in mannequins (or difficult cases-vignettes), and question and answer discussion regarding BD controversies and presentation of BD results to families.
Completion Message: Participants will become familiar with the process of conducting a complete BD evaluation, be able to address difficult cases and avoid pitfalls, and be able to conduct a thorough and compassionate discussion with the relatives of the patient and improve their understanding of BD.
CME Credits: 4
Core Competencies: Patient Care

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