|Title:||Death in Hospital Form and Guidelines|
|Document ID:||Information Circular IC 0006/07|
|Date of issue:||Wednesday, 14 February 2007|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||The Death in Hospital Form and Guidelines provides a checklist to assist health practitioners comply with the key statutory and mandatory reporting obligations following an inpatient hospital death. It is strongly recommended that the form be used statewide to ensure that hospital and health service staff are aware of and comply with their obligations under the Coronerís Act 1996 and the Health Act 1911 and other mandatory obligations. All hospital treating public patients statewide are strongly encouraged to implement the DIH Form in early 2007.|
|Applicable to:||Medical Practitioners, Nursing and Other Health Professionals|
|Category:||Accountability & Audit|
|Period of effect:||from 1 February 2007 to 30 June 2008|
|Review date:||1 January 2008|
|Authorised by:||Dr Simon Towler, Executive Director, Health Policy & Clinical Reform, 14-Feb-2007|
|Print version:||View print version|
Death in Hospital Form and Guidelines
An inpatient hospital death requires health practitioners to be aware of a number of mandatory and statutory obligations particularly those reporting requirements under the Coroners Act 1996 and Health Act 1911.
The 2000 Douglas Inquiry identified the need to improve systems with respect to multiple reporting requirements.
The Death in Hospital (DIH) Form and Guidelines have been developed to assist health pracitioners to navigate the key reporting obligations in a timely manner. The documents were developed in consultation with the State Coroner for statewide implementation.
Death In Hospital Form & Guidelines
The Death in Hospital (DIH) form provides a summary or checklist of the key statutory and mandatory reporting obligations that arise following an inpatient hospital death (Attachment A). Guidelines have also been developed to assist health pracitioners complete the DIH form correctly and in a timely manner (Attachment B).
For the purposes of this Information Circular, an inpatient hospital death includes a death of a patient categorised as inpatient who might have died while on leave from hospital. All hospitals treating public patients are encouraged to use the DIH Form and Guidelines to comply with statutory and mandatory obligations following an inpatient hospital death.
The DIH Guidelines cover the key statutory and mandatory obligations following an inpatient hospital death under the following WA Health Directives and Circulars:
This Information Circular does not override any information contained in the above documents but should be read in conjunction with them where further detail is required.
Implementation of the DIH Form and Guidelines is strongly encouraged by all hospitals treating public patients in early 2007. All other hospitals may use this resource to improve their governance processes.
All hospital / health services will be responsible for printing and disseminating the forms throughout the ward and mortuary areas. It is recommended that copies of the DIH form and Guidelines be available on all hospital wards and mortuary areas.
The following Health Staff are to be informed of this Information Circular:
Officers in the Office of Safety and Quality in Health Care’s Coronial Liaison Unit are available to advise in the delivery and implementation of the DIH Form & Guidelines attached to this Information Circular.
Dr Simon Towler
This circular last updated: Wednesday, 14 February 2007 at 2:28pm