Get The Facts by Valerie Cheers Brown

“Without an autopsy, hospitals bury their mistakes.” ~ Valerie Cheers Brown

According to ProPublica Journalism in the Public Interest, “Diagnostic errors, which studies show are common, go undiscovered, allowing physicians to practice on other patients with a false sense of security. Opportunities are lost to learn about the effectiveness of medical treatments and the progression of diseases. Inaccurate information winds up on death certificates, undermining the reliability of crucial health statistics.”

For the most recent year, ProPublica, PBS “Bleeding edge” and NPR have probed America’s deeply flawed system of death investigation NPR have tested America’s profoundly imperfect arrangement of death examination, concentrating essentially on scientific post-mortems, which are led by coroners’ workplaces and restorative inspectors when there is suspicion of an unnatural demise. State laws differ, yet the dominance of passings that happen in doctor’s facilities are viewed as normal. At the point when passings are unexplained, surreptitiously or inside of 24 hours of confirmation, healing facilities might be required to report them to nearby coroners or therapeutic inspectors, however such organizations infrequently take doctor’s facility cases.

Healing center doctors, with assent from patients’ closest relative, might arrange a clinical dissection to investigate the sickness process in the body and decide the reason for death. That was the standard 50 years back, when the estimation of the post-mortem examination was viewed as plainly obvious.

“A lot of what we think about medication originates from the autopsy examination,” said Dr. Stephen Cina, director of the criminological pathology panel for the College of American Pathologists. “You truly can’t say for beyond any doubt what went on or didn’t go ahead without the autopsy examination as a quality certification device.”

For more reading on this:

Why so few autopies in Western World?

Why do we have so many funerals in the Western world instead of finding out what happened to our loved ones first?

Before my mom who had MS, got real sick she had always stated she was going to donate her body to science and I wanted that to be done when she passed, but for some reason or another I never really pursued her or asked her if she would leave these stipulations for the family and I was the only one who really wanted her wishes kept, but was outnumbered.

I am not a doctor, nor a scientist, or a physician, but I often wonder why we as Americans leave things as they are unanswered, and are afraid to ask questions; more importantly when we are alive as well as having arrangements for when we pass on to find out what the actual cause of death is.

Some of us tend to accept what the doctor, funeral director, etc. who comes and pronounce our family members dead, arrange for a funeral and call it day believing what they say the cause of death is.

Do you realize that just like volunteering while we are alive to participate in clincal studies is just as important I would tend to believe to help the next person and also gives us clues what may or may not be passed to our family and our children’s children, etc.


I just often wonder does anybody care about finding out these kinds of things?

The truth of the matter is, we are all going to die and this is a tough subject to sit around the kitchen table and talk as a family or group of siblings I know, but it is going to happen to all of us.

We have to come to some kind of an agreement besides the POA being the designated one who has all of the authority to say what should be done, I do honestly believe.

Shouldn’t we discuss these types of things with our children as a people and not wait until it is too late?

When deciding where our loved ones should go should should be each individuals obligation to discuss and make arrangements way before we even get sick, don’t you think?

Why are we so afraid of death?

Why are we so afraid to talk about this with our family members before it is too late?

I was just wondering and wanted to know if anybody have any comments about this?

Autopsy: Should I Have an Autopsy Done on My Loved One?

You might need to have a say in this choice, or you might essentially need to take after your specialist’s suggestion. In any case, this data will offer you some assistance with understanding what your decisions are so you can converse with your specialist about them.

Some points to remember why an autopsy can be helpful:

For some families, the choice about whether to request an autopsy examination can be hard. It might help to chat with a guide or individual from the church amid this procedure.

An autopsy post can answer questions concerning why your loved one died. After your love one is buried or cremated, it might be past the point where it is possible to discover the reason for death.

Only you know your thoughts and feelings about having an autopsy done on your loved one. Your religion, cultural beliefs, or ethnic background may also affect your decision.

You could conceivably need to pay for an autopsy.

On the off chance that you ask for an autopsy, you can likewise, ask that the exam be restricted to specific parts of the body. In any case, first you might need to ensure that your solicitation won’t keep the specialist from getting the data that he or she needs to answer your inquiries.

The specialist will be extremely cautious while doing an autopsy, and much of the time the cuts won’t appear. An autopsy examination won’t keep you from having an open coffin at your loved one’s burial service, but could give closer and peace of mind.


Deciding a Cause of Death

According to Explore Forensics, “The careful way of death is such that demonstrating how it happened can in some cases be a troublesome undertaking. There might not as a matter of course be unmistakable indications of how passing happened and moreover there won’t not be any history of sick wellbeing to fall back on as a method for determination.

Therapeutic records, psychiatric reports and explanations from the closest relative are all required when demise happens with no notice. This is so that a point by point photo of the individual’s life can be developed along the way. This is valuable if – for instance – the expired experienced elevated amounts of anxiety and where heart disappointment may have been a probability.

Be that as it may, the fundamental path in which the reason for death can be resolved is via completing an examination; an autopsy offers unmistakable verification as to the reason for death furthermore can reveal insight into how the demise happened. For instance if the casualty died as an aftereffect of a deadly wounding an autopsy examination can demonstrate that the culprit was either left given or right, taller or littler, heavier or lighter, all attributes which are helpful in working up a physical profile of the assailant.

Similarly an autopsy examination can demonstrate if the perished attempted to guard themselves or was basically overcome by their aggressor; again valuable data when working up a photo of a wrongdoing.

Notwithstanding these focuses an autopsy examination can likewise go some approach to evaluating the season of death, something that can be made precarious if the perished has been discovered outside or has been found after a long stretch of being missing. Again deciding the reason for death and evaluating the season of death are massively useful in any criminal examination and present profitable signs as to the last minutes or hours of an individual’s life before they died.

What really is an autopsy?

An autopsy is a restorative exam of a body after death. It is done to discover how and why a person died. A specialist (pathologist) who has practical experience in looking at body tissues and liquid typically performs a autopsy. What precisely is done amid an autopsy relies on upon the circumstances of the passing and what particular issues are being taken a look at.

The law might require an autopsy in specific cases, for example,

Sudden or startling passing, for example, sudden baby sleeping disorder (SIDS).

Passing brought on by a harm, including suicide, kill, a mishap, drug overdose, or harming.

Passings that are suspicious.

An autopsy examination starts with a watchful exam of the outside of the body. This might incorporate taking photos of the body, measuring the body, and taking note of any imprints on the body. At that point the specialist inspects within the body. He or she might evacuate organs and take tissue tests. The specialist might take a look at these specimens under a magnifying instrument and do tests to search for sickness, disease, or medications in the body.

Why might you want to have an autopsy done on a loved one?

You may want to have an autopsy done on your loved one if:

  • He or she died from a medical problem that had not been diagnosed before death.
  • You have questions about an unexpected death.
  • Your loved one died from an inherited disease or problem, and you or other family members may be at risk for getting it.
  • He or she died during a medical or dental procedure.
  • The cause of death may affect legal matters.
  • Your loved one died during an experimental treatment, and an autopsy will help doctors learn more about that treatment.
  • He or she died from a disease or illness, and an autopsy will help doctors better understand the disease and how well the treatment worked.
  • An autopsy will help confirm or rule out a diagnosis made before death.

Do you see what I see and does anybody know this is a cause for an autopsy where it says “Your loved one died from an inherited disease or problem, and your other family members may be at risk for getting it.”

Does anybody let you know this?

Is anybody elses job to let us know these things?

It is quite sad how we cry broke, but when somebody dies, we immediately call the funeral director who comes and gets the body when we may should be calling for an autopsy and not by the funeral director but the hospital of families choice.

When we designate POA or even when we purchase life insurance, should we be asking these kind of questions before having funerals?

I have often thought personally buying a box to put our loved ones in and then bury them was quite morbid and selfish if you ask me.

I would think we would do our loved ones with respect and find out what put them there in the first place.

I know we are all going to die, but isn’t knowing what and why more important?

We in the Western world believe what we are told, what we see on television, what we read and we believe doctors too, more than God.

Is there something wrong with this picture or is this normal?

What we should think about before having an autopsy performed on our loved one:

  • If you request an autopsy, you can ask that the exam be limited to certain parts of the body. But first you may want to talk to the doctor who will do the exam. You can make sure that your request will not keep the doctor from getting the information he or she needs to answer your questions about your loved one’s death.
  • There are no risks to having an autopsy. But it may reveal some things, such as habits and diseases, that you didn’t know about the person who died. For example, the doctor may find cancer during an autopsy. Or an exam of the liver may show cirrhosis, which can be caused by drinking too much alcohol.
  • Some religions don’t believe in this, but why a person does not want to know what caused their loved ones life to be taken, especially with the rate of very young people dying these days, we should want to know shouldn’t we?

“We are letting go of something which we could really use tomorrow to improve the health care of patients.”








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