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Investigation into the standard of autopsy procedures performed on Irish nationals worldwide.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18557510     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
For the purpose of this study twenty cases, involving the deaths of Irish nationals while abroad, were examined. The aims of the report were 1) to observe whether autopsy guidelines are being implemented by countries throughout the world investigating the deaths of foreign citizens, particularly Irish nationals, 2) to compare/contrast the cause(s) of death established in Ireland and the countries where the deaths occurred and 3) where appropriate, suggest improvements to the current system. The results revealed that where a complete autopsy is not performed then the chance of forming a correct cause of death, or any cause of death, decreases from 100% to 0%. The standard of autopsies on foreign nationals varies from country to country and within countries. Currently there are many different autopsy procedure guidelines available. The time may have come to formulate one universal set of guidelines that are to be implemented worldwide.
L McLaughlin; M Cassidy
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Irish medical journal     Volume:  101     ISSN:  0332-3102     ISO Abbreviation:  Ir Med J     Publication Date:  2008 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-18     Completed Date:  2008-08-01     Revised Date:  2009-10-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0430275     Medline TA:  Ir Med J     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  102-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Scotland.
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MeSH Terms
Autopsy / methods,  standards*
Practice Guidelines as Topic

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