Presentation on theme: "INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC MEDICINE"— Presentation transcript:
1 INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC MEDICINE Robert C. Bux, MDCoroner/Medical ExaminerEl Paso County
2 DUTIES 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
3 CASES REQUIRING INVESTIGATION Sudden, unexpected deathsSuspicious deathsTrauma related deathsDeaths in custodyDeaths in the work placeDeaths in less than 24 hours after admission to an institution
4 CAUSE OF DEATHAny injury or disease that is responsible for initiating a train of events, brief or prolonged, that result in the individual dying.
5 MECHANISM OF DEATHThe physiological derangement produced by the cause of death which results in death.
6 MANNER 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.
7 Death resulting from a natural disease process. NATURAL DEATHDeath resulting from a natural disease process.
8 SUDDEN 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)