Before discussing Clinical vs Biological death, let us look at each of the terms individually to get a better understanding.
is defined as the period of respiratory, circulatory and brain arrest during which initiation of resuscitation can lead to recovery. Clinical death is therefore reversible. It usually begins with either the last agonal inhalation or the last cardiac contraction.
Indications of clinical death are;
• Absence of Pulse or blood pressure and is completely responsiveness to the most painful stimulus.
This is a sure sign of death. Biological death sets in after clinical death and is an irreversible state
of cellular destruction. It manifests with irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory
functions, or cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem. This type of death is irreversible.
From the above, you can note the differences between Clinical and Biological death. One should NOTE that there are universal criteria to certify Biological Death.
How to examine for Biological death;
When asked to examine, you can use a systematic A to E approach: