1. Check the patient's level of consciousness.
The patient's level of consciousness should be checked by asking them questions and seeing if they can respond.
2. Check for any response to pain.
The patient's response to pain should be checked by inflicting a mild pain stimulus, such as a pinch, and checking for any reaction.
3. Look for eye movements and pupillary response.
The patient's eye movements and pupillary response should be checked by shining a light in their eyes and looking for any movement or reaction.
4. Test brainstem reflexes, such as gag reflex, corneal reflex, and doll's eye reflex.
The patient's brainstem reflexes should be tested by checking for responses such as gag reflex, corneal reflex, and doll's eye reflex.
5. Assess breathing patterns and heart rate.
Breathing patterns and heart rate should be assessed by watching the patient breathe and checking their pulse.
6. Check muscle tone and movement in all four limbs.
Muscle tone and movement in all four limbs should be checked by assessing the strength of the muscle contractions and looking for any movement in all four limbs.
7. Examine the stomach for any spontaneous contractions.
The stomach should be examined for any spontaneous contractions by palpating the abdomen for any movement.
8. Look for any signs of blood flow in the brain by performing a transcranial Doppler test or angiography.
Blood flow in the brain can be assessed by performing a transcranial Doppler test or angiography.
9. Perform an EEG to check for electrical activity in the brain.
An EEG can be used to check for electrical activity in the brain..
10. Have a neurosurgeon confirm the findings.
A neurosurgeon should confirm the findings of a brain death exam checklist to make sure that all tests have been performed properly and that the patient is truly deceased.