Specifically, nurse practitioners in some circumstances may now complete and sign the medical certificate of cause of death
portion of their patient's death registration.
The following documents will be required: n The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
n Their NHS medical card n Birth Certificate and Marriage Certificate (if applicable).
"Unlike the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
, verification of death does not require any opinion as to the cause of death, nor constitute authority for a body to be buried or cremated," she said, announcing the change early this month.
(1) This definition allows identification of the chain of events leading to a death, and from a public health point of view, also helps to identify measures that can be taken to intervene and prevent death (WHO 1993a).The International Form of Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (known as the death certificate) is recommended by the WHO for international use (see Figure 2).
The death declaration form for Sri Lanka (Form B 33) can be considered equivalent to the medical certificate of cause of death (Figure 3).
The causal sequence leading to death should be stated in part I of the medical certificate of cause of death
, with the immediate cause of death on the top line followed by the morbid conditions giving rise to this cause, and stating the underlying cause of death (the condition or injury that started the sequence of events leading directly to death) on the lowest completed line.
In order to put these rules into operation, the Primary Causes Selection System (Seletor de Causas Basicas--SCB-10) was adopted by the Ministry of Health to read the codes of the diagnoses contained on the International Form of Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
, which is included in Part IV of the Brazilian Death Certificate, and to interpret and process the diagnoses in accordance with the provisions of the ICD-10 mortality rules, automatically selecting the underlying cause of death and recording the data on the causes associated with death.
The average number of deaths examined yearly has been 1,124 cases, which constituted 35 per cent of all our cases, most of them were deaths due to natural causes referred to us because it had been impossible to obtain a medical certificate of cause of death
from the attending physician.
Form No.4 (See Rules7) MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF CAUSE OF DEATH
(Hospital in-patients, not to be used for still births) To be sent to Registrar along with Form No.2 (Death Report) For use of Name of deceased Statistical Office Sex Age at death 1.
He said to Mr Davies: "You have provided me with a death certificate and medical certificate of cause of death from Antigua.
"The medical certificate of cause of death gives me a cause of severe penetrating head injury due to a gun shot wound to the head."
By using the WHO-recommended Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
and coding the data using the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th revision (ICD-10) (World Health Organization [WHO] 2008), it is possible to produce mortality statistics that are comparable between countries, national and subnational populations, for specific population groups and over time.