BEACON TRANSCRIPT – After the tragedy of the father that had to bring a gun into the hospital in order to keep his son alive, medical experts have been investigating the protocols surrounding the declaring of a patient as brain dead. As it turns out, half of US hospitals follow procedure in declaring someone brain dead.
Ever since 2010, there has been a specific set of rules that hospitals should follow in order to correctly declare someone as being brain dead.
The American Academy of Neurology was the institute that composed the guidelines, so one would assume that they know what they were doing. And, of course, they do know what they were doing, but it seems like almost 50% of American hospitals aren’t following the instructions.
Dr. David Greer, neurology professor at the Yale School of Medicine in Connecticut, is the one who performed the study, and the results he found took him by surprise.
After Dr. Greer and his team studied 508 United States hospitals with various levels of funding, throughout 50 states, it turned out that only about 56% of the interviewed hospitals actually followed the guidelines imposed by the American Academy of Neurology.
Whether they don’t take into account factors like extremely low blood pressure, hypothermia, or hypotension, as causes of apparent brain death, or whether they don’t bring an actual neurologist or even a fully trained doctor to confirm the patient’s actual status, the truth is that the situation is dire.
The doctor was shocked and disturbed by the findings, seeing as he is one of the experts that help write the guidelines.
He claims that the guidelines devised by him and his colleagues are extremely simple to follow, and he says that it’s so easy to actually look at the checklist that it could be called “Brain Death for Dummies”.
This is why he is so appalled that some hospitals don’t even have an actual fully trained doctor to check on the patient, as the life of person would warrant at least that.
He continues by accentuating the enormous liability faced by hospitals that aren’t consulting the guidelines, as overlooking one small factor, like blood pressure or body temperature could lead to declaring someone brain dead without the person actually suffering from that.
The fact that there are some simple guidelines to follow when checking to see if someone has a chance of surviving an ordeal, combined with the fact that almost half of US hospitals don’t care enough about their patients to actually follow tem, or to get an actual doctor to pronounce a patient dead speaks volumes about the embarrassing level of our country’s health system.
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