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5 Reasons for hospital autopsy

Thorough examination
Audit
Monitor effectiveness of new treatment
Teaching
Research

2

Why is Coroners autopsy conducted?

To establish cause of death

3

Consent and Hospital autopsy

Consent must be obtained
Any material can be taken

4

Consent and Coroners autopsy

No consent required
Material only taken if bears upon cause of death

5

Death certificate format

1a Immediate cause
1b Predisposing factor
1c Predisposing factor
2 Other contributing factors

6

What is it impossible to die without?

1a

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4 Common causes of sudden unexpected death- cardiovascular

Coronary artery disease
Hypertensive heart disease
Cardiomyopathy
Myocarditis

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Common causes of sudden unexpected death- Vascular

Ruptured Aortic Aneurism

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2 Common causes of sudden unexpected death- Respiratory

Pulmonary embolus
Asthma

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3 Common causes of sudden unexpected death- CNS

Non-traumatic subarachnoid haemorrhage
Intracerebral haemorrhage
Epilepsy

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3 Common causes of sudden unexpected death- GIT

Bleeding Oesophageal Varices
Bleeding Ulcers
Pancreatitis

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3 Other causes of sudden unexpected death

Drugs
Alcohol
Trauma

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5 Types of injury

Bruise
Abrasion
Laceration
Cut
Stab

14

Bruise

Blunt trauma injury
Collection of blood leaking from damaged vessel (NOT CAPILLARIES)

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Abrasion

Graze or scratch
On epidermis

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Laceration

Split to skin due to blunt force trauma

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Cut

Split in skin = longer than it is deep

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Stab

Split in skin= deeper than it is long

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11 Cases that must be reported to Coroner

COD unknown
Deceased not been seen by DR after/ 14 days before death
Death was violent, unnatural or suspicious
Death may be due to an accident
Death may be due to neglect
Death may be due to industrial disease/ employment
Death may be due to abortion
Death occurred during operation/ under anaesthetic
Death may be due to suicide
Death occurred during/ just after police/ prison custody
Death may be related to poisoning