71-3409. Review of child deaths; review of maternal deaths; manner.

(1)(a) The team shall review all child deaths occurring on or after January 1, 1993, and before January 1, 2014, in three phases as provided in this subsection.

(b) Phase one shall be conducted by the core members. The core members shall review the death certificate, birth certificate, coroner's report or autopsy report if done, and indicators of child or family involvement with the Department of Health and Human Services. The core members shall classify the nature of the death, whether accidental, homicide, suicide, undetermined, or natural causes, determine the completeness of the death certificate, and identify discrepancies and inconsistencies. The core members may select cases from phase one for review in phase two.

(c) Phase two shall be completed by the core members and shall not be conducted on any child death under active investigation by a law enforcement agency or under criminal prosecution. The core members may seek additional records described in section 71-3410. The core members shall identify the preventability of death, the possibility of child abuse or neglect, the medical care issues of access and adequacy, and the nature and extent of interagency communication. The core members may select cases from phase two for review by the team in phase three.

(d) Phase three shall be a review by the team of those cases selected by the core members for further discussion, review, and analysis.

(2)(a) The team shall review all child deaths occurring on or after January 1, 2014, in the manner provided in this subsection.

(b) The members shall review the death certificate, birth certificate, coroner's report or autopsy report if done, and indicators of child or family involvement with the department. The members shall classify the nature of the death, whether accidental, homicide, suicide, undetermined, or natural causes, determine the completeness of the death certificate, and identify discrepancies and inconsistencies.

(c) A review shall not be conducted on any child death under active investigation by a law enforcement agency or under criminal prosecution. The members may seek records described in section 71-3410. The members shall identify the preventability of death, the possibility of child abuse or neglect, the medical care issues of access and adequacy, and the nature and extent of interagency communication.

(3)(a) The team shall review all maternal deaths occurring on or after January 1, 2014, in the manner provided in this subsection.

(b) The members shall review the death certificate, coroner's report or autopsy report if done, and indicators of the woman's involvement with the department. The members shall classify the nature of the death, whether accidental, homicide, suicide, undetermined, or natural causes, determine the completeness of the death certificate, and identify discrepancies and inconsistencies.

(c) A review shall not be conducted on any maternal death under active investigation by a law enforcement agency or under criminal prosecution. The members may seek records described in section 71-3410. The members shall identify the preventability of death, the possibility of domestic abuse, the medical care issues of access and adequacy, and the nature and extent of interagency communication.

Source:Laws 1993, LB 431, § 6; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 649; Laws 2013, LB361, § 6.