Directs activities such as autopsies, pathological and toxicological analyses, and inquests relating to the investigation of deaths occurring within a legal jurisdiction to determine cause of death or to fix responsibility for accidental, violent, or unexplained deaths.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Arranges for the next of kin to be notified of deaths.
- Provides information concerning the circumstances of death to relatives of the deceased.
- Directs activities of workers conducting autopsies, performing pathological and toxicological analyses, and preparing documents for permanent records.
- Locates and documents information regarding the next of kin, including their relationship to the deceased and the status of notification attempts.
- Performs medicolegal examinations and autopsies, conducting preliminary examinations of the body to identify victims, locate signs of trauma, and identify factors that would indicate time of death.
- Removes or supervises removal of bodies from death scenes, using the proper equipment and supplies, and arranges for transportation to morgues.
- Collects and documents any pertinent medical history information.
- Observes, records, and preserves any objects or personal property related to deaths, including objects such as medication containers and suicide notes.
- Observes and records the positions and conditions of bodies and related evidence.
- Completes reports and forms required to finalize cases.
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