Essay on Life Support Vs. Brain Dead

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Life Support VS Brain Dead
Brain death is defined as the irreversible loss of all functions of the brain, including the brainstem. The three essential findings in brain death are coma, absence of brainstem reflexes, and apnea. (Goila& Pawar2009). Life support is a term that is used when referring to the use of a ventilator, feeding tubes and other medical technologies to sustain life of those severe brain injuries. (NLCATP, 2015)

Pros of Life Support
• Life support Increase the chances of survival. When you’re loved is on life support it give hope that your loved might recover .Life support allows for the ability to hope. Families that are dealing with a traumatic event often need time to evaluate and actually accept the situation. (NLCATP, 2015)
• Grant a patient’s wishes- Some people who have written a living will usually specify their express wish to be allowed to fight every minute of their illness, regardless of the pain and suffering that they go through. (Connect US, 2015)
• Allow families to come to terms with death- Most of the time, it is the hope that a patient will recover that motivates surrogates to initiate life-sustaining treatment. Over time, they will experience different stages of grief, until they can fully accept the fact that a loved one have little to no chance of surviving. (Connect US, 2015)
• Organ donation- patient who is on the life support allow time for healthcare professional to be prepared to collect…

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