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This report by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) presents evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis of death by neurological criteria (DNC) in infants aged between 37 weeks corrected gestation and 2 months post term.
What do I need to know BEFORE DNC CAN BE CONFIRMED?
The preconditions specified in the 2008 Academy of Medical Royal College's (AoMRC's) code of practice1 should be fulfilled:
The patient is in a coma and requiring mechanical ventilation for apnoea.
A diagnosis of structural brain damage …
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