Fatality Management Document Portal & Resource Hub for NYC Hospitals

August 2, 2021

Due to the decline in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and fatalities, effective June 1, 2021, the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) resumed routine operations. New York City hospitals may continue to find the following resources helpful during de-escalation:

Planning Resources

  • GNYHA Fatality Management Forward Planning Symposium recording and materials: designed for hospitals reevaluating their internal fatality management plans
  • OCME template: provides guidance on how to structure a facility’s fatality management plan
  • OCME hospital toolkit: provides suggestions for hospitals wishing to update internal surge protocol in the event of future incidents

Death Certificates

Family Communication

  • OCME resource: helps hospitals communicate to families regarding decedents transferred to OCME’s custody
  • Key resources for COVID-19 funeral assistance: resources for family members of COVID-19 decedents applying for funeral assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the New York City Human Resources Administration

Behavioral Health

Lessons Learned