LPNs are Authorized to View the Body

As of December 20, 2018, Manitoba’s Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are formally authorized to “view the body” for the purposes of section 16(3)(a) of The Fatality Inquiries Act (FIA).

“Viewing the body” refers to an external  assessment, which is conducted immediately after death, for the purpose of gathering, documenting and reporting data about the client’s appearance at the time of his or her death. Completing and documenting this assessment immediately after death ensures that a body can be released in a timely manner.

Section 16(3)(a) of the FIA states that the Chief Medical Examiner must designate, in writing, persons or classes of persons who are authorized to view the body. LPNs are now formally designated.

In consultation with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM) has prepared a new practice direction on pronouncing death and viewing the body to ensure that Manitoba’s LPNs understand their professional responsibilities when carrying out these functions. Manitoba’s practical nurses are expected to review, confirm that they understand, and comply will all practice directions published by the CLPNM.

Access the Practice Direction on Pronouncing Death and Viewing the Body here.

Practical nurses or employers who have questions are encouraged to contact Jackie Hornsby, CLPNM Practice Consultant, by phone at 204-663-1212 or 1-877-663-1212 toll free (ext. 310), or by email at jhornsby@clpnm.ca.