In view of the increasing need for organ transplants( possibly because of the greater ability of the surgeons and physicians to both execute the transplant, prevent a rejection, and/or diagnose the need to transplant) how could one minimize the Type I statistical error (the possibility that while the patient is not brain dead he is diagnosed as such) when testing for brain death?
It is a waste of resources to wait for metabolic death clinging to a life that cannot be saved thence omitting the duty to save people.
Nonetheless the duty to omit killing people actively/intently is even greater. This is exactly what we are doing when we remove the life support of someone in a chronic vegetative state( we will not go to jail only because at that time as medical standards mandate we wrongly assumed/believed they were brain dead, i.e We acted according to the medical standards but nonetheless came to a wrong conclusion/diagnosis).
Being a layman( I studied(partialy, uncomplete course) medicine aspiring to be a radiation oncologist and devote myself to proton therapy and carbon-ion radiation therapy for the brain probably due to my own PMA) I am absolutely terrified in the thought of being mistakenly diagnosed brain dead while being in vegetative state. I want my body to be useful even after I die I am just reluctant to sign up for organ donation because it might put even more stress on the already hectic life of physicians and increase the probability of a False Positive. Albeit being a cancer patient I could not even donate blood.
Therefore could a straight 48-hour or 72-hour recording of an EEG with as many non-redundant and carrefuly placed electrodes prove useful in reducing false positives? Is there a better alternative. Being a sufficient condition( or as close to it as possible) with the least necessary conditions.