Sanctity_of_Life_Ethic_Terminally_Ill._ - 1. Brain death...

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1.Brain death includes all of the following components excepta. the person is totally unresponsive to stimuli (page 307,2nd column, lastparaghrap)b. absence of eligible reflexes in the nervous system (pag 308, 1st column,second paragraph)c. there is a failure to breathe for 24 hours.d. flat or isoelectric so there is no electrical activity in the cortex of the brain(page 308, 1st column, last paragraph)There are four states to determine the characteristics of a permanentlydead brain. Nowadays, maintained mechanical ventilators and otheradvanced critical care services help artificially for a long period of time afterthe brain ceases to function. In the second state, the patient shows no self-breathing can use the mechanical respirator to resuscitate and only confirmdead if their brain damage is too severe and no brain activity at all; themechanical respirator may also be turned off for this time to provide thepatient have an absence of spontaneous breathing.

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