The Association of Organ Procurement Organizations, of which DCI Donor Services is a member, has recently announced a partnership with the Cleveland Clinic regarding a free training program for physicians and others to help them better diagnose Death by Neurological Criteria (DNC). This training is open to anyone who could benefit from a better understanding of DNC. As part of our effort to make the information more widely available, we have placed a link to the course, here on our web site and encourage you to sign-up.
The portal gives you access to the Death by Neurological Criteria (DNC) course, which explains how to properly assess evidence of cerebral function in patients in a coma. It outlines the accepted medical standards for determining DNC and details the elements included in the clinical examination.
The course provides the tools to effectively diagnose a patient dead by neurological criteria. It also gives you information about how to properly discuss DNC with the families of your patients.
This is a free and voluntary online course that is part of a research study approved by the Cleveland Clinic Institutional Review Board. The purpose of the research is to study the effectiveness of this course in improving knowledge and comfort with this topic and to identify areas for further improvement of the course.