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1

what are the two main categories of autopsy?

legal authority and those that are conducted with permission of relatives

2

who has legal authority?

the coroner

3

when would a doctor refer deaths to a coroner?

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

4

why are clinical autopsies performed?

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

5

what is the process when a patient dies?

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

6

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