Brain Death Examination

Brain Death Examination

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In support of improving patient care, Boston Children's Hospital is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for the healthcare team.


Boston Children's Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

Risk Management

Brain Death Examination meets the requirements of 1 Risk Management Credit as prescribed by the Massachusetts Board of Registrations in Medicine and defined in 243 CMR 2.06(5)(d) I. 


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity, with individual assessments of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn 1 MOC point in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program, 1 with the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program, and 1 with the American Board of Anesthesiology Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®). It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.


Boston Children's Hospital designates this activity for 0.75 contact hours for nurses. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


In this course, learn about the process of making the determination of brain death in a patient, including the required components of the brain death examination, the reflexes to assess, and an explanation of the apnea test.

Instructional Time

0 hour, 45 minutes

Target Audience

  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Specialty Physicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physician Assistants
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Registered Nurses
  • Registered Nurses in Specialty Areas
  • Licensed Practical Nurses

Expiration Dates

  • Approved: August 17, 2017
  • Released: August 21, 2017
  • Expires: August 17, 2019

Course Format

Self-paced, using text and video, with post-test assessments. Requires 80% or higher score to earn CME credit. Online course assessment. Requires Safari (v6 or higher), Chrome (v38 or higher), Internet Explorer (v11 or higher), or Firefox (v23 or higher).

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify the general components of the nervous system that are assessed during brain death examination
  • List the criteria that a patient must meet before the exam is performed
  • Describe how to perform an apnea test and interpret the results
  • List some ancillary tests used in the determination of brain death



David Urion, MD

Director of Education, Department of Neurology, Associate Professor of Neurology, Boston Children's Hospital

Robert Tasker, MB, BS, MD

Director, Pediatric NeuroCritical Care Program, Senior Associate in Critical Care Medicine, Senior Associate in Neurology, Boston Children's Hospital


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Instructor Disclosures

No disclosures to report:

David Urion, MD; Robert Tasker, MB, BS, MD

Content Reviewers

No disclosures to report:

Traci Wolbrink, MD, MPH; Lisa Pixley, RN; Greg Durkin; Crystal Tom; Lesley Niccolini

The following planners, speakers, and content reviewers, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, have reported relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients:

Jeffrey Burns, MD, MPH; Robert Truog, MD

Commercial and Financial Support Disclosure

This program receives no commercial support.