The inquiry will investigate the safety, quality and standards of services provided by the Health Service Executive to patients, including pregnant women, at risk of clinical deterioration. It will examine the diagnosis and management of patients with sepsis and the assessment will be made against the National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare.
The investigation will also examine the reporting and management of patient safety incidents and the prompt identification and management of clinically deteriorating patients.
If in the course of its investigation HIQA has grounds to believe there are further or other serious risks to patients, it may ask the Authority or the Minister for its terms of reference to be extended.
HIQA publishes Halappanavar inquiry terms - RTÉ News
Investigation into the safety, quality and standards of services provided by the Health Service Executive to patients, including pregnant women, at risk of clinical deterioration and as reflected in the care and treatment provided to Savita Halappana
HIQA have published the terms of reference of the inquiry into the death of Mrs Halappanavar and her baby. The terms of reference are far-reaching and hopefully will convinvce the husband of the deceased that the Irish people are taking the death of his wife seriously.
Tellingly, they are seeking to have the authority to extend the terms of reference should the evidance indicate that it is necessary.