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Perinatal perimortem and postmortem examination: obligations and considerations for perinatal, neonatal, and pediatric clinicians.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18097209     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Clinicians are called upon to participate in a variety of clinical scenarios in which babies will die. A number of factors have caused the most appropriate method of evaluating cause(s) of death, namely autopsy, to fall to record low numbers during the past decade. Because of obligations unique to the stillborn fetus, dead or dying infant or child, and family and siblings, it is important for clinicians to understand the importance and utility of postmortem examination. Postmortem examination is of multidisciplinary importance to determine the cause of death and contributing and related diagnoses. This article summarizes some of what is known about postmortem examination and provides a list of guidelines available on the Internet and in the medical literature for the systematic assessment of perinatal death and the provision of appropriate testing. Clinicians are encouraged to use their leadership roles to improve rates of postmortem examination and to participate in research and education to improve its occurrence.
Margaret A Putman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Advances in neonatal care : official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1536-0903     ISO Abbreviation:  Adv Neonatal Care     Publication Date:  2007 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-12-21     Completed Date:  2008-02-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101125644     Medline TA:  Adv Neonatal Care     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  281-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Neonatology Associates, Ltd., Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, Glendale, Arizona, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Autopsy* / ethics,  methods
Cause of Death
Genetic Counseling
Infant, Newborn
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal
Medical Audit
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Social Support

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