Chapter 4731-14 Pronouncement of Death

4731-14-01 Pronouncement of death.

(A) For purposes of this rule, a "physician" refers to an individual holding a current certificate to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery.

(B) Only an individual holding a current certificate to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery issued under section 4731.14 of the Revised Code, a training certificate issued under section 4731.291 of the Revised Code, a visiting medical faculty certificate issued under section 4731.293 of the Revised Code or a special activities certificate issued under section 4731.294 of the Revised Code, in Ohio can pronounce a person dead.

(C) An individual as defined in paragraph (A) of this rule may pronounce a person dead without personally examining the body of the deceased only if a competent observer has recited the facts of the deceased's present medical condition to the physician and the physician is satisfied that death has occurred.

(D) For purposes of this rule a competent observer shall mean:

(1) A registered nurse holding a current license issued under Chapter 4723. of the Revised Code;

(2) A licensed practical nurse holding a current license issued under Chapter 4723. of the Revised Code;

(3) An EMT-B holding a current certificate pursuant to section 4765.30 of the Revised Code;

(4) An EMT-I holding a current certificate pursuant to section 4765.30 of the Revised Code;

(5) A paramedic holding a current certificate pursuant to section 4765.30 of the Revised Code;

(6) A physician assistant holding a current certificate to practice issued under Chapter 4730. of the Revised Code who has met all requirements of Chapter 4730. of the Revised Code;

(7) A chiropractor holding a current certificate issued under Chapter 4734. of the Revised Code;

(8) An individual authorized to pronounce a person dead under paragraph (B) of this rule or a person holding a current certificate to practice podiatric medicine and surgery in Ohio.

(9) A coroner's investigator as referenced in section 313.05 of the Revised Code.

Effective: 06/30/2007
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/23/2007 and 06/30/2011
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4730.07 , 4731.05
Rule Amplifies: 4731.22 , 4731.291 , 4731.293 , 4731.294 , 4731.34
Prior Effective Dates: 5/10/90, 5/31/02, 2/28/04