New Brain Death Legislation Improves on UDDA

In the new Human Organ and Tissue Donation Act introduced in Nova Scotia, this week, "death" is defined as "the irreversible cessation of the functioning of the organism as a whole as determined by the irreversible loss of the brain's ability to control and co-ordinate the organism's critical functions." Notably, this is less demanding than the Uniform Determination of Death Act in the United States which demands "irreversible cessation" of "all functions" of the "entire brain."

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