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The Uniform Determination of Death Act identifies cessation of circulation as the test for death, and in keeping with the death statutes based on the UDDA, physicians commonly declare patients dead once their circulation permanently stops, despite residual electrocardiographic activity.
First of all, the irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions is one of the two legal definitions of death, as stated in the 1980 Uniform Determination of Death Act.
3) Almost every state has since adopted the two methods for determining death since the Uniform Determination of Death Act was first introduced.