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Why is the ability to determine when death has occurred so

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Why is the ability to determine when death has occurred so critical in today’s health care environment?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 years ago.
I need a little clarification about that one please. Are you referring to actual death or is this referring to the decision to have a do no resuscitate order or deciding when to "pull the plug?"
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I am refering to the actual death.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 years ago.
OK--but I'm still a bit uncertain here--can you expand on the question? Except in the case of forensics and coroner's reports I'm not certain about the determination of death being critical in the health care environment.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thats fine I do not need it anymore, thank you