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Cuadernos de Medicina Forense

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ASO ESCARIO, J.. Guidelines of autopsy in cases of suspected clinical malpractice. Cuad. med. forense [online]. 2011, vol.17, n.4, pp.161-174. ISSN 1135-7606.

The present paper reviews the guidelines for autopsy in cases of suspected clinical malpractice. Indications, general purposes, dissection techniques, laboratory and complementary examinations, as well as ethical problems are revised, according to the author's experience and literature review. A significant degree of training and skill, both clinical and pathologically, are required. This needing can contrast with the relative lack of specialization of Forensic Pathologists in Spain, and limitations of the judicial autopsy in these cases. Some guidelines to solve this problem, like independent expert consultation or advise by the Specialties Boards, are considered. Important ethical issues can arise from these deaths, therefore, a needing of correct address of these issues is perceived. Some orientations in this subject are considered.

Palabras clave : Autopsy; Forensic; Malpractice; Guidelines; Ethical.

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