|Title:||Perinatal Death Transport Arrangements|
|Document ID:||Operational Circular OP 1743/04|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 22 January 2004|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||Description of new arrangements for the transport of all perinatal deaths in WA.|
|Applicable to:||All health services|
|Period of effect:||from 1 February 2004|
|Authorised by:||Ms Sue McKechnie, Director, Resource Management, 21-Jan-2004|
|Print version:||View print version|
Perinatal Death Transport Arrangements
The Department of Health has formalised the procedure for the handling and transport of all perinatal deaths, regardless of gestational age, in Western Australia to the Perinatal Pathology Department (PPD), King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH), for post mortem examination and/or cremation.
From February 2004, the transport of all non-coronial perinatal deaths will be coordinated by the Perinatal Pathology Department at KEMH.
For metropolitan hospitals, the PPD will arrange the collection of a baby from the hospital and transport to KEMH using a nominated registered funeral director.
For country hospitals, a transport 'kit' will be provided containing written guidelines and all the requirements to send a baby to KEMH. Kits are to be used for all babies regardless of gestational age and size. Each kit will contain:
20 kits will be issued initially and more will be made available if necessary. Kits will be reused and distributed as required. Health Authorities have the option of holding one kit at a designated hospital within the authority, or simply requesting a kit when required.
When a perinatal death occurs that requires transport to the PPD at KEMH, the first course of action is to contact the Perinatal Pathology staff either by telephone 9340 2730 or e-mail KEMH.PeriPath@health.wa.gov.au. This ensures that the most current and appropriate procedures are used, and the Perinatal Pathology staff are aware of and can make arrangements for the impending arrival.
Ms Sue McKechnie
This circular last updated: Thursday, 22 January 2004 at 12:00am