Reportable Deaths

Reportable Deaths

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The Eagle County Coroner's Office is a constitutional office pursuant to the Constitution of Colorado. Colorado Revised Statute, 30-10-606, defines which deaths are reportable to the Coroner’s Office.

The following deaths are reportable (by telephone to Vail Public Safety and Communications 970-479-2201) to the Eagle County Coroner's Office immediately after pronouncement of death.

Types of Reportable Deaths

  • All patients that expire within 24 hours of admission
  • All deaths in which the attending physician has not been in attendance of the decedent within 30 days prior must be reported to the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office
  • All deaths resulting from an accident, suicide, homicide or undetermined cause and/or manner (e.g. fall, poisoning, drug related, industrial accident, automobile accident, automobile-pedestrian accident, suspected abuse, etc.)
  • All deaths that occur in the emergency room, operating room or during or shortly following a medical procedure
  • Deaths resulting from therapeutic procedures or possibly may be related to the procedure
  • Deaths resulting from thermal, chemical or radiation injury
  • All deaths in which the attending physician is unable or unwilling to certify the cause of death
  • All deaths due to unexplained causes or under suspicious circumstances
  • Deaths resulting from a disease which may be hazardous, contagious or may constitute a threat to public health; Chronic Hepatitis C is non-reportable
  • Sudden death of a person in good health
  • All deaths in which trauma may be associated with the death (e.g. fall with hip fracture, head injury or other trauma); cases where the patient entered the medical facility due to trauma; cases should be promptly reported even though the death may be attributed only indirectly to the trauma
  • All deaths while in the custody of law enforcement officials or while incarcerated in a public institution
  • All deaths resulting from criminal abortion, including any situation where such abortion may have been self-induced

Fetal/Infant Deaths


Any fetal or newborn death is reportable if any of the above may have resulted or possibly played a role in the demise/death. Examples of reportable fetal/infant deaths:

  • The mother has a positive drug screen upon admittance into the hospital and has a fetal death
  • The mother was assaulted a few days prior to admittance
  • The mother was involved in a traffic accident, or any other traumatic event, shortly before labor begins
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