(1) A person is dead if the person has sustained either:
(a) Irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions; or
(b) Irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem.
(2) A determination of whether the conditions described in subsection (1)(a) or (b) of this section have occurred must be made in accordance with accepted medical standards.
(3) For purposes of this section as it relates to fetal death, heartbeats shall be distinguished from transient cardiac contractions and breathing shall be distinguished from fleeting respiratory efforts or gasps.
(4) This section may be cited as the Uniform Determination of Death Act. [1987 c.517 §2 (enacted in lieu of 146.001); 1997 c.783 §28]Section: Previous 432.270 432.275 432.280 432.285 432.287 432.289 432.290 432.300 432.305 432.307 432.310 432.312 432.315 432.317 432.320 Next
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