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what are the two main categories of autopsy?

legal authority and those that are conducted with permission of relatives


who has legal authority?

the coroner


when would a doctor refer deaths to a coroner?

violence, abortion, privation or neglect, poison/alcohol, iatrogenic, industrial or unknown


why are clinical autopsies performed?

when certain aspects of death that occurs in hospital are unknown - may be in specific organ


what is the process when a patient dies?

confirm death, talk to relatives, complete certificate and cremation forms, contact GP


what are the signs to confirm death

pupils are fixed and usually dilated, no palpable carotid pulsations, no heart sounds for over 1 minute, unresponsive to painful stimuli