Chapter 11. Post Mortems and Inquests

  1. Philip Jevon RGN, BSc (Hons), PGCE, DiPSiN Resuscitation Officer Honorary Clinical Lecturer
  1. Cassam Tengnah MSc, Post Graduate Diploma, DN (London), Certificate in Education, RMN Lecturer

Published Online: 19 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315271.ch11

Care of the Dying and Deceased Patient: A Practical Guide for Nurses

Care of the Dying and Deceased Patient: A Practical Guide for Nurses

How to Cite

Tengnah, C. (2009) Post Mortems and Inquests, in Care of the Dying and Deceased Patient: A Practical Guide for Nurses (ed P. Jevon), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315271.ch11

Editor Information

  1. Manor Hospital, Walsall, UK

Author Information

  1. School of Health Science, Swansea University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 OCT 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 NOV 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405183390

Online ISBN: 9781444315271

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Keywords:

  • post mortems and inquests;
  • medical certificate of the cause of death (MCCD);
  • calls for changes to certification of death and coronial system;
  • understanding issues associated with post mortems and inquests;
  • development of coronial system;
  • duties of coroner regarding reported deaths;
  • statutory duty of reporting a death to coroner;
  • coroners and justice bill and some key reforms;
  • new powers in respect of post-mortem examinations;
  • body exhumation for examination

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Development of the Coronial System

  • Duties of a Coroner Regarding Reported Deaths

  • Process for Verifying and Certifying Death

  • Deaths that should be Reported to the Coroner

  • Duty to Report a Death to the Coroner

  • Statutory Duty to Report a Death to the Coroner

  • Establishment by the Coroner of the Cause of Death

  • Procedure for a Coroner's Inquest

  • Background for Reform of the Coronial System

  • Conclusion

  • References