|Title:||Western Australian Review of Death Policy|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0448/13|
|Date of issue:||Wednesday, 14 August 2013|
|Description:||The Review of Death (ROD) Policy (2013) supersedes the Western Australian Review of Mortality (WARM) Policy: Guidelines for Reviewing Inpatient Deaths (2008). Reviews of death provide an important opportunity for clinicians and services to examine the quality of health care that was afforded to a patient. Review processes must incorporate the principles identified within the ROD Policy, recognising that the existing local processes of many organisations established in response to the 2008 WARM Policy already incorporate the principles.|
|Applicable to:||WA Health staff.|
|Framework:||Clinical Governance, Safety and Quality Policy Framework|
|Period of effect:||from 1 July 2013 to 1 July 2018|
|Authorised by:||Professor Bryant Stokes, A/ Director General, Department of Health WA, 10-Jul-2013|
|Print version:||View print version|
Western Australian Review of Death Policy
The Review of Death (ROD) Policy (2013) supersedes the Western Australian Review of Mortality (WARM) Policy: Guidelines for Reviewing Inpatient Deaths (2008). The ROD Policy recognises the contribution that reviews of deaths can play in improving the quality of healthcare, by providing opportunity to examine the care afforded to a patient; to determine if it was appropriate or could have been delivered differently, and also to identify improvements in end of life care.
The purpose of the ROD Policy is to ensure that all deaths are reviewed and categorised in terms of preventability, and that preventable deaths identified via a review are notified as SAC 1 clinical incidents and investigated as per the Department of Health Clinical Incident Management Policy.
To support this requirement, public hospitals and licensed private healthcare facilities are to ensure review processes established in response to the 2008 WARM Policy incorporate the Review of Death Principles identified within the ROD Policy by December 31 2013, recognising that many organisations already incorporate the Principles in existing local processes.
This policy applies to all deaths:
This policy does not apply to Commonwealth funded residential aged care facilities, however hospitals/ health services are not limited from reviewing the deaths of this patient group, or those who received healthcare in other ambulatory or community care settings (for example community mental health services), recognising that hospitals / health services have expanded the scope of mortality review processes defined within the 2008 WA Review of Mortality Policy.
Professor Bryant Stokes
This circular last updated: Wednesday, 14 August 2013 at 1:45pm