Policy Number


Pronouncement of Death when Death is Anticipated/Expected - Procedure - NSHA CL-PE-020


This procedure specifies the conditions under which a Nurse or Paramedic is authorized to determine and pronounce death. It outlines the steps to follow, including requirements for notification, transportation of the deceased, and documentation.

NOTE: It is within the Entry Level Scope of Professional Practice for a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPNs) and Paramedic in Nova Scotia to determine and pronounce death when that death is anticipated/expected.

Effective: October 4, 2022