Presentation on theme: "INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC MEDICINE"— Presentation transcript:
1INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC MEDICINE Robert C. Bux, MDCoroner/Medical ExaminerEl Paso County
2DUTIES OF THE MEDICAL EXAMINER Determine the cause and manner of deathPositively identify the deceasedDetermine the time of deathCollect evidence from the bodyDocument injuries and natural diseasesProvide expert testimony in court
3CASES REQUIRING INVESTIGATION Sudden, unexpected deathsSuspicious deathsTrauma related deathsDeaths in custodyDeaths in the work placeDeaths in less than 24 hours after admission to an institution
4CAUSE OF DEATHAny injury or disease that is responsible for initiating a train of events, brief or prolonged, that result in the individual dying.
5MECHANISM OF DEATHThe physiological derangement produced by the cause of death which results in death.
6MANNER OF DEATHAn opinion based on known facts concerning the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the death in conjunction with the findings at autopsy and the laboratory tests.
7Death resulting from a natural disease process. NATURAL DEATHDeath resulting from a natural disease process.
8SUDDEN DEATHCardiac arrhythmia (25% of all A.M.I.’s present with a sudden death)Pulmonary embolusSeizure disorderBerry aneurysm or CVA (rarely sudden)Drug overdose (cocaine or heroin)