The purpose of this statement is to summarise the specific evidence-based approach used in Australia for determination of brain death by intensive care specialists. It is intended to assure the Australian community that the tests described are both necessary and sufficient for diagnosis and confirmation of brain death. It describes the circumstances in which further testing, such as brain blood flow imaging, is required.
This statement will play an important role in addressing any public confusion or uncertainty about the clinical process for determination of brain death, and ensure the utmost public confidence in the Australian process of organ and tissue donation. This confidence is essential for families to ask and know the donation wishes of their loved ones and to continue to uphold those wishes.
The statement was developed by the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS), in collaboration with the Organ and Tissue Authority. The statement was formally endorsed by ANZICS on 25 June 2013.