Hos­pi­tals poli­cies vary widely in how they de­ter­mine brain death, and many fail to im­ple­ment 2010 guide­lines from the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Neu­rol­ogy de­signed to com­bat er­rors,

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ac­cord­ing to a study last week in JAMA. Many poli­cies don’t re­quire doc­tors to check that pa­tients’ blood pres­sure and tem­per­a­ture are ad­e­quate for as­sess­ing brain func­tion, and some poli­cies skip rec­om­mended tests. Many poli­cies don’t re­quire that a neu­rol­o­gist, neu­ro­sur­geon or even a trained doc­tor make the call, and some hos­pi­tals al­low nurse prac­ti­tion­ers or physi­cian as­sis­tants to do so. The re­port urged stronger com­pli­ance and uni­for­mity across the coun­try.

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