Guidelines on certification of death

Expiry Date
: 01/04/2026
CPD Units
: 3.00 Points
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South African guidelines on diagnosing circulatory and brain death.

Keywords: Brain death, circulatory death, organ donation, coma

Reading material:

Educational Objectives

Educational Aim:
The aim of this article is to equip the healthcare practitioner with the core standards required for determination of death in the hospital context.

Educational Outcomes:
Upon completion of this module practitioners should have a clear understanding of:

  1. Clinical testing for brain death and circulatory death.
  2. Issues pertaining to organ donation.
  3. The use of ancillary testing.

    Instructions for this Module

    • Read the supplied reading material and complete the quiz that follows;
    • You have three attempts to pass the quiz;
    • The pass grade is 70%;
    • You need to pass the quiz to claim your CPD certificate;
    • Please click on the CPD certificate link below to claim your CPD certificate and to update your CPD Manager.

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