This guideline refers to the policies and procedures to be followed in the event of the death of a child.
Please note all the links are internal PMH links at this stage (we are working on enabling broader distribution)
Policy or procedure
Death Notification Form – At the time of death, PMH medical staff must fully complete a Death Notification Form MR 101, as this provides direction regarding documentation, coronial and other reporting requirements (At PMH ED this is located in the file in the Consultant’s office).
The Department of Health WA, with the input of the State Coronial Office have developed a generic Death in Hospital Form to provide a summary or checklist of the key statutory and mandatory reporting obligations – this can be used by all other hospitals.
In the event of a Coronial Investigation, WA Police may request a copy of the current/relevant medical records. The Police Officer collecting the copied medical records must sign a “Receipt of Medical Records” form. This form is located on page 6 of Coronial Matters CAHS Policy 1.41
For information about the death of a child and the processes that need to be followed, refer to:
Death Certificates – are not usually completed when children die, and should only be done by the Consultant Paediatrician who is responsible for the care of the child. Discuss with the on call Emergency Department Consultant if you have any concerns.
Organ and/or Tissue Donation – May be discussed by the Coronial Investigation Unit First Response Team. For information see Tissue Donation
WA Vaccine Safety Surveillance (WAVSS)
Determine if the child has had a vaccination in the past 14 days
If so, a WAVSS : Adverse Reaction Reporting Form needs to be completed