Law:Title 8. Death And Disposition Of The Body. Subtitle A. Death from Chapter 673. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (Texas)

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Subtitle A. Death

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Chapter 673. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Section  673.001.  Definitions.

In this chapter:

(1)  "Commissioner" means the commissioner of health.

(2)  "Department" means the Texas Department of Health.

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.



Section  673.002.  Autopsy.

(a) The death in this state of a child 12 months old or younger shall be immediately reported to the justice of the peace, medical examiner, or other proper official as prescribed by law if the child dies suddenly or is found dead and if the cause of death is unknown.

(b)  The justice of the peace or medical examiner shall inform the child's legal guardian or parents that an autopsy shall be performed on the child. The state shall reimburse a county $500 for the cost of the autopsy if the primary cause of death of the child is sudden infant death syndrome. The department shall adopt rules that:

(1)  define sudden infant death syndrome; and

(2)  describe the method for obtaining reimbursement for the cost of an autopsy.

(c)  Reimbursement required by Subsection (b) of this section is subject to the availability of funds.

(d)  After the autopsy is completed, the child's parents or legal guardian shall be notified of the autopsy results.

(e)  This section does not affect the duties of the justice of the peace or medical examiner prescribed by other laws.

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 785, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  673.003.  Designation Of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome As Primary Cause Of Death.

Sudden infant death syndrome may be used as a primary cause of death on a death certificate required by Chapter 193.

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.



Section  673.004.  Model Program.

(a) The department shall develop a model program that can be used to provide information and follow-up consultation about sudden infant death syndrome and its characteristic grief-guilt reaction. The program should humanize and maximize understanding and the handling of sudden infant death syndrome in this state.

(b)  The department shall distribute the program to proper agencies, governmental bodies, officials, physicians, nurses, health professionals, and citizens.

(c)  The department may appoint an advisory committee to provide assistance in developing the program.

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.


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