Nursing Responsibilities



It is UTMB policy that an autopsy is requested on all non-medico-legal inpatient deaths (IHOP 9.15.2).

When there is a death the Nursing Service is responsible for the following:

Notify the Clinical Operations Administrator (COA) of death

Notify Southwest Transplant Alliance (SWTA)

  • Provide patient demographics and history
  • Contact number for SWTA 1-800-201-0527

Review all sections of the Decedent Affairs Paperwork (DAP) for the following:

  • Medical Examiner case
  • TDCJ Inmate
  • Legal next-of-kin
  • Consent for autopsy
  • Funeral home disposition
Complete the Nursing part of section 6 on the checklist

If autopsy is to be performed, do the following:

  • Do not remove lines and tubes
  • Notify Transportation Dept to transfer body to Autopsy Service morgue
  • Verify decedents ID is on body
  • Contact COA for completeness of DAP process
  • Send the DAP current and old medical records with the body to Autopsy Service morgue

If no autopsy is to be performed do the following:

  • Remove all lines and tubes
  • If applicable prepare body for family viewing
  • Release personal belongings to family
  • Notify the funeral home
  • Provide funeral home representative with pronouncing physician name and telephone number
  • Contact Nurse Administrator for completeness of DAP process
  • Complete section 8 – Release of body
  • Send DAP to Autopsy Service
  • Document death in the Mortuary Records Log book

For Funeral Home Release from unit do the following:

  • Complete section 8 with funeral home representative
  • Provide funeral home representative with pronouncing physician name and telephone number
  • Send DAP to Autopsy Service
  • Document death in the Mortuary Records Log book

Nurse Administrator

  • Check the DAP for completeness an initial
  • After hours open’s morgue for Transportation Dept

Autopsy Service
Contact Information

518 Clinical Sciences Building
Phone: x22810 - Fax: x29045

Hours of Operation
Monday thru Friday
7:30am to 4:00pm
Closed on weekends and holidays

Bodies are released from the morgue during normal business hours. Any exceptions must be authorized by the Autopsy Supervisor.

Release of bodies from the hospital morgue after hours is done under the authority of the Clinical Operations Administrators (COA).
COA Pager: (409)643-2801

AUTHORIZATION FORMS

ED Form 5012
Form 5012