Guidelines for Reports by Autopsy Pathologists by Vernard Irvine AdamsGuidelines for Reports by Autopsy Pathologists by Vernard Irvine Adams

Guidelines for Reports by Autopsy Pathologists

byVernard Irvine Adams

Paperback | November 5, 2010

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Traditionally, pathology residents have learned how to write autopsy reports by trial-and-error, with oral feedback from local mentors. Now, pathologists and pathologists in training throughout the English-speaking world have access to a manual that describes what should be in an autopsy report, how to organize the material, and what the purposes are. The book lists numerous bad habits to avoid, and offers examples of effective report construction. It covers not only how to describe diseases and injuries, but also how to formulate and write opinions. As a supplement, the book also contains recommendations on record retention schedules for medical examiners (not everything needs to be saved in perpetuity), and how to formulate opinions for death certificates. The book is aimed at pathologists in training, but will also be of benefit to seasoned pathologists who want to improve their reports.
Title:Guidelines for Reports by Autopsy PathologistsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:143 pagesPublished:November 5, 2010Publisher:Humana PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:161737900X

ISBN - 13:9781617379000

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Table of Contents

Preface * List of Appendices *List of Figures. *Acknowledgments *Table of Contents *Part I. Autopsy Protocol *Purpose, Structure, and Organization *Purpose *Structure *Organization. *Measurements *Diagnostic Terms *External Examination *Inventory of Parts *Clothing and Surface Evidence *Identifying Features *Signs of Death *Organization of External Findings *Therapy *Organ and Tissue Donation *Wounds by Type *General Organization *Outside-in *Paragraphs *Impact Wounds *Blade Wounds *Hanging *Firearm Wounds *Burns and Fire Deaths *Wounds by Organ *Measurements *Bones: General *Skull and Dura *Ribs *Long Bones and Pelvis *Vertebrae *Ligaments, Joints and Muscle *Body Cavities *Great Vessels *Heart *Central Nervous System *Lungs *Liver *Spleen *Internal Examination *Autopsy Procedures *Wounds, Therapy, and Donations *Body Cavities *Heart and Great Vessels *Lungs *Liver, Bile Ducts, Gallbladder and Pancreas *Reticuloendothelial System *Genitourinary System *Endocrine Organs *Digestive Organs *Musculoskeletal System *Neck *Head *Tumors *Part II. Opinion Reports *The Logic of Opinion Formation *Definitions of Cause, Mechanism, and Manner *Global Approach *Synthesis of Cause, Mechanism, and Manner *Competing Diseases and Injuries *Degree of Certainty *Diagnoses in Tabular Format *Purpose *Structure *Diagnosis or Finding? *What to Include *Cause of Death as Diagnosis *Completeness and Etiologic Specificity *Diagnoses in Narrative Format: The Summary and Opinion Report *Purpose *Structure *History *Autopsy Findings *Opinions *Part III. Other Reports *Ancillary Laboratory Reports *Integration and Signature *Fixed Organs *Microscopic Descriptions *Scene Investigation by Pathologist *Purpose *Structure *Case identification *Background Information. *Environment *Body *Actions Taken *Animal Bones *Purpose *Structure *Content *Part IV. Style *Construction *Sentences *Paragraphs *Abbreviations *Parentheses *Adjectives *Verbs *Natural Indexing *Dictating to Avoid Editing *Attorneys' Rules of Construction *Inserting Minor Opinions *Word Order *Terminology *Anatomical Terminology *Latin and Greek *Slang *Brand Names *General Terminology *Part V. Death Certification *Purpose and History *Death certificate forms. *Establishing that death occurred *Cause of death *Codeable Causes of Death *Format for Cause of Death Opinion *Degree of Certainty *Approximate Interval: Onset to Death *Manner of death *Purpose *Manner of Death Problems *Life Insurance Issues Related to Manner of Death *Circumstances *How Injury Occurred *Location of Injury *Place of Injury *Part VI. Record Retention *Purpose *Types of Records *Autopsy Reports *Case File Notes *Death Certificates *Deposition Transcripts *Police Reports *Hospital Patient Records *Autopsy Recordings *Investigations of Bodies to be Cremated *No-jurisdiction Case Notes *Business Records *Physical Evidence *

Editorial Reviews

From the reviews:"Dr. Adams . describes how an autopsy report should be organized, what should be included and excluded, how to describe the external and internal examinations, including the proper way to describe wounds and disease states of individual organs, and how to formulate opinions. . This book would logically seem to be intended for the beginning pathologist, pathology resident or medical student, but should also be included in the library of any autopsy pathologist as a valuable reference." (Douglas Posey, Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, December, 2008)"This concise manual describes how to write autopsy reports, including how to describe disease and injury, form opinions, and communicate effectively with families and physicians. . practicing autopsy pathologists and forensic pathologists also will find this an excellent reference to have on hand. . This is a very useful book for any pathologist performing autopsies . especially for pathologists in training who are just learning how to report autopsy findings." (Katie L. Dennis, Doody's Review Service, August, 2009)