PD2015_040 Death - Verification of Death and Medical Certificate of Cause of Death

This new policy directive outlines the processes for the assessment and documentation to verify death (previously referred to as extinction of life), and the medical certification of death of patients within the NSW Health System. It describes the roles of medical practitioners, registered nurses / registered midwives and qualified paramedics employed by NSW Health in relation to assessment and documentation when patients die within the NSW Health system.
 
This policy directive and the forms contained within it are for the use of NSW Health staff. NSW Health staff may order the forms through their usual local process.
 
Two eLearning modules are available to NSW Health staff via HETI Online to assist with implementation of the policy directive:
  • Verification of Death
  • Managing Death and Death Certification.

PD2014_030 Using Resuscitation Plans in End of Life Decisions

This Policy Directive replaced GL2008_018 Decisions relating to No Cardiopulmonary (CPR) Orders. It describes the standards and principles relating to appropriate use of adult and paediatric Resuscitation Plans by NSW Public Health Organisations. A Resuscitation Plan is a medically authorised order to use or withhold resuscitation measures which also documents other aspects of treatment relevant at end of life.
 
This policy directive and the forms contained within it are for the use of NSW Health staff. NSW Health staff may order the forms through their usual local process.
 
To assist NSW Public Health Organisations in communicating with staff, the NSW Ministry of Health has developed a  PowerPoint presentation which details the scope of the policy directive, showcase the statewide Resuscitation Plan forms and provides a summary of key issues. Organisations are invited to use this PowerPoint presentation as a template if they wish.
 
The NSW Paediatric Palliative Care Services has developed a PowerPoint presentation to assist NSW Public Health Organisations with information about the NSW Resuscitation Plan - Paediatric.  
 

PD2005_406 Consent to Medical Treatment - Patient Information

This policy directive outlines the requirements for the provision of information to patients and for obtaining consent to medical treatment.
 

GL2005_056 Advance Care Directives (NSW) - Using

This guide aims to assist health professionals in discussing advance care planning with patients, and to clarify how to use an advance care directive as part of that process.
 

GL2005_057 End-of-Life Care and Decision-Making - Guidelines

These guidelines set out a process for reaching end-of-life decisions. This process promotes communication among the treating team and with patients and families, compassionate and appropriate treatment decisions, fairness, and seeks to safeguard both patients and health professionals.​​
Page Updated: Wednesday 6 September 2017