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The HTA was asked to provide information relating to pregnancy remains including Codes of Practice, FAQs, guidance and reported incidents.
On the 25 March 2015 the HTA published guidance aimed at professionals who work with women who have experienced a pregnancy loss or termination. The guidance sets out what is expected and how women should be involved in decision making about the sensitive handling of pregnancy remains.
If the deceased person has not indicated their consent (or refusal) to post mortem removal, storage or use of their body or tissue for scheduled purposes, nor appointed a nominated representative, then the appropriate consent can be given by someone in a ‘qualifying relationship’ to the deceased...
Winter can be an especially challenging time of year for health services. For mortuaries, higher numbers of deaths can pose problems if adequate numbers of refrigerated storage spaces are unavailable.
The definition of relevant material in the Act is:
Section 53: Relevant material:
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...
The HTA has published guidance for hospital and mortuary staff on brain and spinal cord donation (link is external).
Since 2010, HTA-licensed establishments in the post mortem sector have been required to notify the HTA of any reportable incidents, including near misses, within five working days of the incident being discovered. Establishments must not wait until any internal review or investigation is...