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Nurses' 'lack of trust in diagnosis' presents barrier to organ donation


I must say at the outset that this article has a very personal interest for me. I have personally witnessed someone being declared brain stem dead who was not. In fact she was recovering from a potassium chloride overdose induced by iv and supplemented by an off label quantity of oral potassium. Serum levels were unfortunately ignored by an incompetent ITU junior doctor who took the level being expelled in micturation as an indicator for further supplementation, hence the bolus oral doses administered despite the already dangerous serum levels. Here is the nasty bit. The patient was declared brain stem dead despite being alive just to cover errors in care made by doctors. I have no doubt whatsover that the concerns these Swedish nurses have about trusting puported brain stem death tests are well founded. Very well founded.

Posted date

19 November, 2011

Posted time

2:23 am