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Cardiac Devices After Patient Death

There are updated regional policies to assist in promoting the safe care and handling of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and permanent pacemakers (PPM’s) following a patient’s death. These policies are located on the WRHA intranet policy site under clinical/ program services Cardiac Sciences.

If you are unsure of the type of cardiac device your patient has ASK – Call the SBH Pacemaker/Defibrillator Clinic during regular business hours

POLICY HIGHLIGHTS: Permanent pacemaker Handling after Death (110.025.030)

Make sure you are familiar with the process/procedures at your place of employment used to communicate that a patient has a pacemaker on admission and following death

Following the death of the patient:

  • Please notify the Pacemaker/Defibrillator Clinic by faxing the notification of death form
  • If interrogation of the pacemaker is requested, the PHYSICIAN of the deceased patient must contact the Pacemaker/Defibrillator Clinic during business hours or the on-call arrhythmia physician after hours


POLICY HIGHLIGHTS: Implantable Cardoverter Defibrillator (ICD) Handling After Death (110.025.040)

Make sure you are familiar with the process/procedures at your place of employment used to communicate that a patient has an ICD on admission and following death

Following the death of the patient:

If ICD interrogation is not required:
  • During regular business hours:  Charge Nurse/Designate will notify the SBH Pacemaker/Defibrillator Clinic of the patient’s death
  • Outside of regular business hours:  Please notify the Pacemaker/Defibrillator Clinic by fax.
    There is no need to call the on- call arrhythmia physician


If ICD interrogation is required:

During regular business hours:  Charge Nurse/Designate will notify the SBH Pacemaker/Defibrillator Clinic. The clinic staff will provide specific direction

Outside of regular business hours:The requesting physician must contact the on-call arrhythmia physician via SBH paging. The on-call arrhythmia physician will provide specific direction

An ICD DOES NOT have to be deactivated or removed from the body prior to transferring to the funeral home

FOR FURTHER DETAILS, PLEASE SEE THE AFOREMENTIONED POLICIES
SBH Pacemaker/Defibrillator Clinic Telephone: 204-237-2431
Monday to Friday, 08:00-16:00


SBH Pacemaker/Defibrillator Clinic Fax: 204-231-2541