Brain Death? - page 3
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
Jul 22, '02Occupation: RN Joined: Jan '02; Posts: 1,732; Likes: 1bestblondRN
Can you please explain your aboce post? thank you.
Jul 22, '02Specialty: 22 year(s) of experience in surgical, neuro, education ; Joined: Jul '01; Posts: 395; Likes: 56While it is true the heart will keep on beating after brain death--it can only do this sucessfully with O2. The resp system will not function when the brain is stopped (dead in its tracks so to speak)--the only why to maintain vital organs for donation is with ventilator support and med support to keep b/p up. No cell will survive without O2--so I don't see how any neurons can keep firing at all.
As far as working with brain dead people remember one flew over the cockoo's nest: I'd rather a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy!!! :roll