Brain Death? - page 2

Hey all, Somehow the topic on what happens to our bodies after death came up today with a friend and myself. He said he saw somewhere that the brain continues to send signals even after... Read More

  1. by   colleen10
    Maybe he means that even after death the brain continues to send out electrochemical signals and synapses still fire? Not that anything would come of it because the organism is dead and not functioning but that there is still some sort of "energy" floating around in the brain?

    One month sounds like a long time for that to keep occuring.
  2. by   JeannieM
    I truly hope this kid is referring to the soul, metaphysical self or whatever. I suppose that the ions could keep trotting around in some of the tissues for awhile, but I wouldn't appreciate having any cognizant brain function and seeing my lid being closed, or feeling the toasty heat of the crematorium :stone .
    Now I will have nightmares tonight...
  3. by   thisnurse
    if it was on tv or if its on the internet it must be true
  4. by   RNIAM
    I watched a heart keep beating in a pithed frog. Having said that,there may be some truth to some cells remaing alive post death, but I doubt that they could do much of anything. Possible yes,probable I doubt it.
  5. by   nrw350
    Originally posted by colleen10
    Maybe he means that even after death the brain continues to send out electrochemical signals and synapses still fire? Not that anything would come of it because the organism is dead and not functioning but that there is still some sort of "energy" floating around in the brain?

    One month sounds like a long time for that to keep occuring.
    I do believe that is what he was referring to. And I agree with it being a rather long time for all this to continue.

    Nick
  6. by   night owl
    tell nick that when he gets out into the working world that he'll even work with some of these "brain dead" people! :stone :zzzzz
  7. by   live4today
    originally posted by night owl
    tell nick that when he gets out into the working world that he'll even work with some of these "brain dead" people! :stone :zzzzz
    :chuckle :roll :chuckle
    Last edit by live4today on Jul 12, '02
  8. by   nrw350
    Too late, already dealing with some of them.

    Nick
  9. by   JMP
    Oxygen and GLUCOSE...... brain needs both to survive. Brain death is just that, a dead brain.
  10. by   fedupnurse
    I wish some of our nasty visitors were brain dead! They have been brutal lately. Like your friend, they see something on TV or the internet and decide it is gospel. The latest story is the hormone replacement that the media has completely freaked people out over. If you read the actual study itstates that there are no significant differences between those taking hrt and those not.
    Now if you want the brain impaired I think all of us staff people know exactly where to look!!
  11. by   NurseGirlKaren
    Heart in pithed frog / brain: different

    myocardial cells have automaticity; brain cells don't
  12. by   bestblondRN
    Originally posted by NurseGirlKaren
    Heart in pithed frog / brain: different

    myocardial cells have automaticity; brain cells don't
    Very well said Karen!
  13. by   OrthoNutter
    Karen....very succinct! Gold star for you!

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