Death entails the irreversible loss of those essential characteristics which are necessary to the existence of a living human person and, thus, the definition of death should be regarded as the irreversible loss of the capacity for consciousness, combined with irreversible loss of the capacity to breathe. This may be secondary to a wide range of underlying problems in the body, for example, cardiac arrest.
For people suffering cardiorespiratory arrest (including failed resuscitation), death can be diagnosed when a registered medical practitioner, or other appropriately trained and qualified individual, confirms the irreversible cessation of neurological (pupillary), cardiac and respiratory activity.
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on verification of death. This task can be undertaken by all registered doctors and in situations were there is an organisational policy such as this, after appropriate training and assessment, it can also be undertaken by registered nurses (only where death is expected)
|Compiled by:||Paul Darling-Wills, Resuscitation Services Manager|
|Ratified by:||Trust Board|
|Date Ratified:||November 2016|
|Date Issued:||November 2016|
|Review Date:||November 2019|
|Target Audience:||All staff|
|Contact name:||Paul Darling-Wills, Resuscitation Services Manager|
- Resuscitation Policy