|Title:||Death in Hospital Form and Guidelines|
|Document ID:||Information Circular IC 0061/09|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 1 October 2009|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|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 state-wide 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. This IC updates period of effect of the previous IC 0006/07|
|Applicable to:||Medical practitioners, nursing and other health professionals|
|Category:||Accountability & Audit|
|Period of effect:||from 1 July 2009 to 28 February 2011|
|Review date:||1 September 2010|
|Authorised by:||Robyn Lawrence, Executive Director, Innovation & Health System Reform, 01-Oct-2009|
|Print version:||View print version|
Death in Hospital Form and Guidelines
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 practitioners 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
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.
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.
This circular last updated: Thursday, 1 October 2009 at 11:08am