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The HTA has a statutory responsibility to make decisions on all cases of bone marrow and PBSC donation where the donor is a child who lacks competence to consent or the donor is an adult lacking capacity to consent.
Every year in the UK over 6,500 babies die just before, during, or soon after birth. More babies die during this period of their early lives than at any other stage of childhood. The number of stillbirths, in particular, has changed little in more than a decade.
In around 20% of adult post-mortem examinations and in most paediatric post-mortem examinations, the cause of death is not immediately obvious. A diagnosis can only be made by retaining small tissue samples of relevant organs for more detailed examination.
By studying human tissue, scientists improve their understanding of how diseases start and progress, and what keeps us healthy. They may find different ways of diagnosing disease, or develop new treatments.
In Sands consultations, parents said they did not like the phrase 'baby/child'. It made the form seem bureaucratic, insensitive and uncaring, and added to their distress.
Women define their pregnancy according to their own circumstances, values, understanding and beliefs. The HTA and professionals in the field consider that any attempt to categorise the pregnancy may result in health professionals viewing the pregnancy differently from the woman involved.
A signature on a consent form when a non-emergency procedure or treatment is refused is not necessary. If a post mortem is refused, this should be recorded in the medical notes. The medical record can be used if this information is needed for audit.
Our intention in extending the publication scheme is to be more transparent about the regulatory action we take. This is in the public interest. We want to maintain and enhance the confidence of the public, on whose behalf we regulate. An establishment that is inspected has the benefit of the...
When someone dies it can be a distressing and confusing time for family members. In some circumstances a post-mortem examination may be required or requested. This is an examination of a body after death and during this examination, organs and tissue samples may need to be removed for...
Incineration of fetal tissue is not banned in Scotland, but is considered unacceptable in any circumstance. Incineration against the wishes of the woman is considered unacceptable in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The HTA has developed its guidance to operate within the current legislative...