Medical Examiner Research Paper

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http://volusia.org/medicalexaminer/faq.htm What is a medical examiner? Many people confuse a “coroner” with a “medical examiner.” A coroner is an elected or appointed government official who may not have a medical degree. A medical examiner is a licensed physician who is appointed by the governor to investigate violent, suspicious or unnatural deaths. The State of Florida has a district medical examiner system, which includes 24 district offices. Each district has a chief medical examiner who independently, objectively and scientifically determines the cause and manner of death under certain circumstances. Associate medical examiners, forensic investigators and other law enforcement personnel assist the chief medical examiner. The Florida…show more content…
The police or law enforcement agencies involved have jurisdiction over the crime scene and it’s associated physical evidence. The medical examiner is responsible for the body of the deceased and any physical evidence in direct contact with the body. With the exception of life-saving efforts that may be attempted by fire/ rescue officials, the body may not be touched or moved by anyone (including law enforcement officials) without the permission of the medical examiner. Therefore, forensic investigators from the Medical Examiner’s Office typically respond to every non-natural death scene before the body is removed from the scene. Forensic investigators will document the pertinent details and collect information about the circumstances of death. The body will then be transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office, where it will be placed in refrigeration until…show more content…
In most cases, an autopsy will be necessary to adequately document the cause, manner and mechanism of death. In addition, an autopsy will help to corroborate or refute the circumstances of death. The autopsy is a medical procedure that consists of an external and internal examination of the entire body. All the internal organs are inspected for indications of injury or natural disease processes. During this procedure, the physician will collect various body tissues and fluids. If necessary, blood and bodily fluid may be analyzed to determine the cause of death. Rarely does an autopsy interfere with the final viewing and funeral of the deceased. Is an autopsy always required? No. Sometimes the medical examiner may be able to certify the cause and manner of death with just an external examination. The medical examiner is sympathetic to the wishes of the family and in some cases may be able to accommodate their desires. A complete autopsy must be performed in all police custody deaths. A complete autopsy may not be performed in cases of natural death in which an adequate medical history exists to document the illness, and in which no indications of foul play exist. What is the purpose of a forensic
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