Since the Government of Canada implemented Bill C-14 in June 2016, the SRNA has continued to participate in active and ongoing collaboration, partnership and influence in provincial processes for medical assistance in dying (MAID) in Saskatchewan. On November 1, 2018, the federal government’s Regulations for the Monitoring of Medical Assistance in Dying come into force. Significant work has been undertaken in Saskatchewan by the provincial government and other professional associations to update the current Saskatchewan forms to include all the new federal requirements.
Required Form Updates
The MAID federal regulatory reporting requirements have been updated and will be available for use effective November 1, 2018, on eHealth. Physicians and nurse practitioners must adhere to all the federal government’s Regulations for the Monitoring of Medical Assistance in Dying. This includes reporting any written requests for MAID, including texts and email messages.
Newly developed forms include all requirements for physician and nurse practitioners. Please start using these forms immediately.
New Classification on Death Certificates
In early October 2018, changes were made to the provincial regulations in The Coroner’s Act. These changes have shifted how MAID deaths are recorded, to “unclassified” rather than “suicide.” The coroner is no longer required to investigate medically-assisted deaths.
MAID Resources for Your Practice
- Video Update on Medical Assistance in Dying, 2018 – SRNA
- Ask a Practice Advisor: Medical Assistance in Dying, 2017 – SRNA
- Manager Toolkit: Medical Assistance in Dying, 2017 – SRNA
- A Guideline for RN Involvement in Medical Assistance in Dying
- Guideline for RN(NP) Involvement in Medical Assistance in Dying, November 2016 – SRNA
- Bill C-14, 2016 – Government of Canada
- Medical Assistance in Dying – Health Canada
- Medical Assistance in Dying – Government of Saskatchewan
The SRNA will be hosting additional discussions on the SRNA Online Community of Practice. We encourage you to join us to share information, resources and perspectives on various topics. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in receiving an invitation to the Online Community of Practice.
SRNA Nursing Advisors on the Practice team are available to discuss the implications of the federal regulations regarding MAID on nursing practice. To contact the SRNA for practice advice, please call 306-359-4200 (ask to speak to a practice advisor), or email us at email@example.com