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The Neurotransmitters: Brain Death with Dr. Ashley Paul

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Originally released: December 1, 2023

This episode of The Neurotransmitters podcast offers an invaluable look into the latest updates to the American Academy of Neurology's guidelines for adult brain death, with our co-host Dr. Ashley Paul, a Movement Disorders neurologist at Johns Hopkins. We shed light on the nuances of catastrophic brain injuries, the impact of sedation on prognoses, and the rigorous prerequisites necessary before a declaration of brain death.

We discuss the profound human element of our practice. It's not just about the medicine; it's about the people and their loved ones. We delve into the significance of clear communication, preparing families for potential reflexive movements during evaluation, and the process of obtaining informed consent for brain death evaluations, ensuring families are part of the journey.

Join us as we navigate these profound responsibilities with the expertise and humanity that such matters demand.

Find Dr. Ashley Paul at @ShakingPaulsy on Twitter/X.

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