|Title:||Death in Hospital Form and Guidelines|
|Document ID:||Information Circular IC 0188/14|
|Date of issue:||Wednesday, 30 April 2014|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||Following an inpatient hospital death a number of mandatory and statutory reporting obligations may arise, in particular reporting requirements under the Coroners Act 1996 and Health Act 1911.
To assist health practitioners comply in a timely manner with reporting obligations, the Death in Hospital (DIH) Form and associated guidelines were developed by the Department of Health WA (DoH), with the input of the State Coronerís Office.
The DIH Form provides a summary or checklist of the key statutory and mandatory reporting obligations, with the Guidelines supporting the correct completion of each section of the DIH Form.
Health Services are responsible for the printing and dissemination of the DIH Form, and may adapt the Additional Reporting Requirements section of the form to assist with local governance processes.
|Legal requirements:||Coroners Act 1996, Health Act 1911, Mental Health Act 1996
|Applicable to:||The Death in Hospital Form and Guidelines are intended for Hospital and Health Service Clinicians, and Officers in Safety and Quality / Clinical Governance Settings|
|Period of effect:||from 30 April 2014 to 30 April 2019|
|Review date:||1 December 2018|
|Authorised by:||Ms Julie Waylen, A/Executive Director, Performance Activity and Quality Division, 16-Apr-2014|
|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 reporting requirements under the Coroners Act 1996 and Health Act 1911.
The Death in Hospital (DIH) Form and Guidelines were developed in consultation with the State Coroner to assist health practitioners to navigate the key reporting obligations in a timely manner.
The DIH Form provides a summary or checklist of the key statutory and mandatory reporting obligations that arise following an inpatient hospital death. Guidelines have also been developed to assist health practitioners complete the DIH Form correctly.
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.
The DIH Guidelines refer to 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 has been strongly encouraged by all hospitals treating public patients since early 2007. All other hospitals may use this resource to improve their governance processes.
All hospitals/health services will be responsible for printing and disseminating the forms. It is recommended that copies of the DIH Form and Guidelines be available on all hospital wards and in mortuary areas.
The following Health Staff are to be informed of this Information Circular:
All enquiries about the Death in Hospital Form and Guidelines should be directed to the Patient Safety Surveillance Unit via email: PSSU@health.wa.gov.au
Ms Julie Waylen
This circular last updated: Wednesday, 30 April 2014 at 1:12pm