Fewer patients with brain injury are being declared ‘brain dead,’ perhaps reflecting better injury prevention and improved care, according to a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
The chances of being declared “brain dead” (i.e. loss of neurolgic function so severe that there is not chance of ever regaining cognitive function) from traumatic brain injury is apparently decreasing according to this study. Researchers are attributing this lower rate to better prevention and treatment for brain injuries.
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