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DETERMINATION OF DEATH

432.300 Determination of death. (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 s.2 (enacted in lieu of 146.001); 1997 c.783 s.28]

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