Featured Publication in Canadian Journal of Anesthesia: Amanda van Beinum

Requests for somatic support after neurologic death determination: Canadian physician experiences

Introduction by Amanda van Beinum:

“This paper was inspired by court cases in Canada in 2018 and 2019 in which the families of patients who had been declared dead by neurological criteria requested continued organ support and pursued legal challenges to the neurological criteria for death. Surveys of American critical care doctors indicate that almost half have experienced a request for continued support after declaration of neurological death and we wanted to see whether and how often Canadian physicians experienced this phenomenon. The paper presents results of a national survey as well as in-depth interviews with a dozen physicians to present a description of this phenomenon and physicians’ opinions about how and why it occurs, as well as possible mitigation approaches.”

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The Canadian Journal of Anesthesia (the Journal) is owned by the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society and is published by Springer Nature Switzerland AG. From the first year of publication in 1954, the international exposure of the Journal has broadened considerably, with articles now received from over 50 countries. The Journal is published monthly, and has an impact Factor (mean journal citation frequency) of 3.374 (in 2018). Article types consist of invited editorials, reports of original investigations (clinical and basic sciences articles), case reports/case series, review articles, systematic reviews, accredited continuing professional development (CPD) modules, and Letters to the Editor. The editorial content, according to the mission statement, spans the fields of anesthesia, acute and chronic pain, perioperative medicine and critical care. In addition, the Journal publishes practice guidelines and standards articles relevant to clinicians. Articles are published either in English or in French, according to the language of submission.