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Medicolegal and Ethics No brainstem reflex; what to tell the family

I had this doubt, if a patient has no brain stem reflexes and the relatives want to keep him on ventilator, what do you do?

tell them no way since pt is brain dead?
tell them u ll keep him on?
I don't know the answer myself so asking
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i read it b4 u explain to family thats no benfit in keeping him on ventlator and even if they didnt agree u just do ur job and remove ventlator
it is not ur issue if the family want to keep him on rx or not
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The family decides what to do. Eventually, his/her heart will stop beating and all organs will fail, so, the patient will be fully dead in some days and then, there is nothing the family can do. But as far as the patient still has a heartbeat, it's the family's call to decide whether to remove the vent or not.
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its for physician to decide if pt is brain dead...if ur sure ten u dont need any eeg/neurologist confirmation
if u declare pt is brain dead then always inform the family and then remove ventilator
however if family objects then 2 its ur duty 2 remove ventilator, family has no say in this mater
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