P_CS_31 Verification of Death by an Emergency Care Practitioner, Autonomous Practitioner or Registered Nurse

This policy provides guidance to employees who are required to verify an adult death. The ability to undertake this task will provide continuity of care to relatives and carers when the patient dies at their place of residence. The policy will ensure that a death is dealt with in accordance with the law and in a timely and sensitive manner. Use of non-medical staff will reduce any delay in care of the deceased and their family. All death should be subject to professional verification that life has ended. LCHS employees will be required in their line of work to verify that the death of a patient has occurred and to assist in the management of this event. This policy sets out the procedure to be followed in verifying death and management of the deceased thereafter, the required documentation and competency standard of employees undertaking this role.

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