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Biological death v/s Clinical death. When does a person really die?



When is a person dead?


      Death; permanent cessation of the material body while the soul transcends to a new body based on the actions one has had during his/her lifetime.  There are, indeed, several types of deaths and among those, biological death and clinical death being the most questioned ones. In this 21st century, scientists have defined death as a process in their respective control and reach. Pessimists argue that nowadays, death does not really mean dead; the latter has been given a new dimension. 

       On the one hand, clinical death is when a person stops breathing only so that the person has a high probability to be revived, on the other, biological death occurs when clinical death persists; the cells in the body under clinical death are dead. More precisely, biological death is a state when the brain does not get oxygen long enough and cells start dying. Some causes of clinical death are suffocation among asthma patients, asphyxiation, drowning, severe injuries, poisoning with late medical interventions as well as anaphylaxis.

       Furthermore, when a person is on a stage of clinical death, it is eventually possible to come to his help and thus prevent biological death. The question is: has the technologically advanced science an opportunity to escape death? The results are still unclear as researcher cum Professor Ricardo at University Barcelona states. Unconsciousness at an advanced age is sometimes associated with biological death so that people lose hope. When someone falls unconscious, presuming that he is biologically dead is not the last resort as rescue efforts may bring a person back to life. Some exceptions obviously, are when the body starts to decompose a stage where the human body is both clinically as well as biologically dead as well complete stop of pulse-beating.

During a clinical death, steps to take are:-


1)         Stop bleeding with bandages and first aid materials

2)       Undertaking cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) measures

3)       Warmth to the body and shock treatments

4)       Epinephrine injection

5)       Blood circulation boost


       With the advent of these strategies, cardiac arrest came to be called "clinical death" rather than simply "death" to reflect the possibility of post-arrest resuscitation; for medical purposes, it is considered to be the final physical state before permanent death. This type of death is least desirable among humans as it is painful, involves a complete loss of brainstem functions, consciousness and permanent cessation of circulation that can be restored with the technologically advanced medical interventions.

        To conclude, where is death comes to meet every body at the end of the their lives, science is here to make all realize that assuming that someone is dead by mere unconsciousness is irrational. At health centers and in the care giving industry, more and emphasis have to be placed on first-aid and quick action to the ones facing clinical death. 













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