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§ 5-202. Death requirements

West's Annotated Code of MarylandHealth--General

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Health--General
Title 5. Death (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 2. Determination of Death (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Health - General, § 5-202
§ 5-202. Death requirements
In general
(a) An individual is dead if, based on ordinary standards of medical practice, the individual has sustained either:
(1) Irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions; or
(2) Irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem.
Exception
(b)(1) This subsection does not apply to the removal of a vital organ while the individual is alive, if the individual gives informed consent to the removal.
(2) A pronouncement of death under this section shall be made before any vital organ is removed for transplantation.

Credits

Added by Acts 1982, c. 21, § 2, eff. July 1, 1982. Amended by Acts 1982, c. 327, § 1, eff. July 1, 1982; Acts 1983, c. 583, § 2, eff. July 1, 1983; Acts 1998, c. 1, § 1, eff. April 14, 1998; Acts 1998, c. 2, § 1, eff. April 14, 1998.
Formerly Art. 43, § 54F.

Footnotes

Date of approval.
MD Code, Health - General, § 5-202, MD HEALTH GEN § 5-202
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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