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Verification of Expected Death

To provide underpinning knowledge associated with best practice for verifying an expected death, including a simulated practical experience in a controlled environment to assist the development of competent verification skills of a deceased person and to raise awareness of what could be a suspicious death.


By the end of the course, candidates will be able to:

  • Discuss legal and professional responsibilities associated with verification of an expected death within local and national guidance
  • Follow procedures for correct documentation
  • Describe relevant anatomy
  • Identify necessary equipment
  • Give a detailed description of the clinical examination and assessment that enables a verification of death to be made
  • Demonstrate practical ability in a simulated clinical examination of a deceased person
  • List the people that may need to be contacted after a death
  • Outline certain aspects that could raise concerns of a suspicious death


Practitioners will be assessed by –

  • Ability to answer questions during course
  • Discussion following feedback from activities
  • Undertaking a simulated verification of expected death
  • Completing a post course knowledge assessment


Course content

  • Legal and professional considerations and responsibilities
  • Consent
  • Historical aspects
  • Verification of death
  • Certification of death
  • Professional scope – NMC, RCN
  • Advantages of nurse verification
  • What is an expected death
  • When not able to verify
  • When to refer to Coroner
  • Categories of death
  • Clinical signs of death
  • Verification procedure
    • Carotid pulse
    • Heart sounds
    • Respirations
    • Pupillary reaction
    • Painful stimuli
  • Documentation
  • After verification
  • Non-natural deaths


Medex Group Limited
Botanical Gardens Business Centre,
3 Southbourne Road,
S10 2QN

t: 0114 266 5264



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