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1st Edition

Death and Accident Investigation Protocols

ISBN 9781466556881
Published June 24, 2013 by CRC Press
138 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Through an examination and assessment of the body at a death scene, the medicolegal death investigator (MLDI) must be able to recognize circumstances that point to what manner of death occurred—be it natural causes, homicide, suicide, accident, or undetermined. A handy reference for use in the field and in the lab, Death and Accident Investigation Protocols provides 34 checklists and forms to help investigators make these determinations.

Categories of death covered in this guide include:

  • Aircraft and motor vehicle accident
  • Alcohol- and drug-related
  • Blunt- and sharp-force injury
  • Drowning
  • Electrocution, exposure, and fire
  • Gunshot
  • Hanging
  • Hospital- and nursing home-related
  • Infectious disease
  • Natural causes
  • Occupational exposure
  • Poison and toxic substances
  • Sexual assault
  • Suicide

Formatted as a convenient 8 ½ x 11 spiral-bound book, this manual helps investigators know what to look for, what questions to ask, and how to categorize the scene and the physical injuries. The forms in the book can either be copied for use or downloaded from an accompanying CD, which allows for easy form modification. The text includes descriptive illustrations and diagrams associated with various categories of death. An essential tool for the busy investigator, the book facilitates the organization of information for a myriad of death scenarios.


Table of Contents

Aircraft Accident
Alcohol-Related Death
Blunt Force Injury
Child Fatality—Abuse or neglect
Child Infant Death – General
Child-Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Combo/Short Form (Natural death, motor vehicle accident, suicide)
Death report – General
Drug Overdose
Hospital death – natural
Hospital death – Surgical
In Custody Death
Infectious Disease
Medication List
Motor Vehicle Accident – Driver/Passenger
Motor Vehicle Accident – pedestrian
Natural death
Occupational Exposure
Organ and Tissue Donor Information Report Form
Poisons and Toxic Substances
Sexual Assault
Sharp Force Injury
Unidentified Remains

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Mary H. Dudley, M.D., M.S., R.N., is the chief medical examiner for Jackson County, Missouri and is board certified in anatomic and forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathologists. She completed a two-year fellowship in forensic pathology at the University of New Mexico following a four-year anatomic and clinical pathology residency at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Previously, Dr. Dudley was the chief medical examiner in Sedgwick County, Kansas, and medical examiner for Maricopa County in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Dudley has been active in the field of forensic medical investigation for many years. She developed the first forensic nursing program in Colorado in 1994 and the first Forensic Medical Investigation (FMI) training course in 1996.

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