Definition of death

Death is declared using the Triad of Bichat that states that death is “the failure of the body as an integrated system associated with the irreversible loss of circulation, respiration and innervations.” This is somatic or clinical death with irreversible brain function. A person who is declared brain dead is legally dead. Certification of death is based on the physician’s ability to determine the cause of death based on reasonable medical certainty. References Lynch, Virginia A. and Duval, Janet Barber. (2006). Forensic Nursing. St. Louis: Elsevier Mosby

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