Death by neurologic criteria (DNC) requires coma, absent brainstem reflexes, and the inability to breathe independently during apnea testing (AT). For patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), this clinical determination is more challenging. Herein, we report the case of a patient with DNC on ECMO post cardiac surgery, highlighting various considerations to the process and modifications required for AT.
scite is a Brooklyn-based startup that helps researchers better discover and understand research articles through Smart Citations–citations that display the context of the citation and describe whether the article provides supporting or contrasting evidence. scite is used by students researchers from around the world and is funded in part by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health.