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2012-08-01 02:49:26 AM
Here everybody in the county gets one
 
2012-08-01 02:56:05 AM
He did not speak with the family of the man erroneously autopsied, but said he was told the family wasn't upset.

No harm, no foul.
 
2012-08-01 03:05:34 AM
newspaper.li

Switched at death
 
2012-08-01 03:11:26 AM
i find it strange nobody said anything about the taxes ..

death & taxes
 
2012-08-01 03:15:00 AM
At least he was dead. Gotta give them that.
 
2012-08-01 03:34:40 AM
At least when a coroner makes a mistake, it is not often fatal.
 
2012-08-01 03:34:51 AM

fusillade762: He did not speak with the family of the man erroneously autopsied, but said he was told the family wasn't upset.

No harm, no foul.


Yeah, can't say I'd care either. Loved one is dead, people make mistakes. Plus, in my family that would end up as an oft told story.

"My grandpa had the worst luck! Always getting mistaken for somebody else. He just had one of those faces. Anyway, it was so bad that he ended up getting mixed up in the morgue! Had an autopsy and everything before they realized the mistake! Ah, Gramps would have had a laugh over it though."
 
2012-08-01 04:21:37 AM
did the first guy complain?
 
2012-08-01 04:24:51 AM
Why is this news? Aren't autopsies pretty much standard procedure for most deaths? I assume he would have been cut open sooner or later anyways, so what does it matter if they thought he was someone else?
 
2012-08-01 04:52:39 AM

Kanemano: did the first guy complain?


I heard that he remained dead silent on the matter.....
 
2012-08-01 04:54:11 AM

Esroc: Why is this news? Aren't autopsies pretty much standard procedure for most deaths? I assume he would have been cut open sooner or later anyways, so what does it matter if they thought he was someone else?


No, autopsies are only done where there was no doctor in attendance and therefore some doubt as to the cause of death. Die in a hospital of heart disease or a brain tumor, and they've got no reason to autopsy you.

Which is why people who poison their loved ones with something slow-acting like arsenic often get away with it, btw. Slip spouse a good dose of arsenic, symptoms resemble heart attack, follow up with second dose once spouse is checked in for tests. As long as there's no reason to suspect you of wanting spouse to die, you'll get away with it until you try it again.
 
2012-08-01 05:23:52 AM
Gyrfalcon: No, autopsies are only done where there was no doctor in attendance and therefore some doubt as to the cause of death. Die in a hospital of heart disease or a brain tumor, and they've got no reason to autopsy you.

Which is why people who poison their loved ones with something slow-acting like arsenic often get away with it, btw. Slip spouse a good dose of arsenic, symptoms resemble heart attack, follow up with second dose once spouse is checked in for tests. As long as there's no reason to suspect you of wanting spouse to die, you'll get away with it until you try it again.


Autopsies are grossly underused in the United States, and the fact of the matter is that the predominant "Coroner" community in the United States are not Trauma, ER, or Pathophysiology-trained physicians, but rather family medicine doctors or non-MD personnel, such as RNs or Paramedics, or even - god forbid - lay people in certain areas. There is a great Investigation Dateline report on Netflix about the whole problem, and the fact is that people are getting away with murder every day because of incompetence.
 
2012-08-01 05:49:32 AM

fusillade762: He did not speak with the family of the man erroneously autopsied, but said he was told the family wasn't upset.

No harm, no foul.


And hey, free autopsy!
 
2012-08-01 07:07:07 AM

BronyMedic: Gyrfalcon: No, autopsies are only done where there was no doctor in attendance and therefore some doubt as to the cause of death. Die in a hospital of heart disease or a brain tumor, and they've got no reason to autopsy you.

Which is why people who poison their loved ones with something slow-acting like arsenic often get away with it, btw. Slip spouse a good dose of arsenic, symptoms resemble heart attack, follow up with second dose once spouse is checked in for tests. As long as there's no reason to suspect you of wanting spouse to die, you'll get away with it until you try it again.

Autopsies are grossly underused in the United States, and the fact of the matter is that the predominant "Coroner" community in the United States are not Trauma, ER, or Pathophysiology-trained physicians, but rather family medicine doctors or non-MD personnel, such as RNs or Paramedics, or even - god forbid - lay people in certain areas. There is a great Investigation Dateline report on Netflix about the whole problem, and the fact is that people are getting away with murder every day because of incompetence.


Here in KY, the coroners are indeed lay people. The requirements are so simple as a) live in your county, b) be 21 years of age, and c) never have fought in a duel. No degree required! However, autopsy personnel are certified forensic pathologist and the techs. Really, once the coroner drops the body off at our building (at our office we serve around 30 counties), we take over and basically make the coroner look good.
 
2012-08-01 07:16:32 AM
Horny County Coroner?

Uh....
 
2012-08-01 07:38:02 AM

Chevello: fusillade762: He did not speak with the family of the man erroneously autopsied, but said he was told the family wasn't upset.

No harm, no foul.

And hey, free autopsy!


Just imagine if they actually found something interesting (congenital defect, evidence of foul play etc.) in that first guy. It'd turn out to be quite the stroke of luck
 
2012-08-01 07:59:48 AM
That's why I use the auto autopsy machine. Cuts down on error
www.eudoxus.demon.co.uk
And it doesn't mind if the patient is still technically 'alive'
 
2012-08-01 08:54:59 AM
I have a three inch autopsy scar on my back, so I'm getting a kick etc.
 
2012-08-01 09:08:36 AM

BronyMedic: Gyrfalcon: No, autopsies are only done where there was no doctor in attendance and therefore some doubt as to the cause of death. Die in a hospital of heart disease or a brain tumor, and they've got no reason to autopsy you.

Which is why people who poison their loved ones with something slow-acting like arsenic often get away with it, btw. Slip spouse a good dose of arsenic, symptoms resemble heart attack, follow up with second dose once spouse is checked in for tests. As long as there's no reason to suspect you of wanting spouse to die, you'll get away with it until you try it again.

Autopsies are grossly underused in the United States, and the fact of the matter is that the predominant "Coroner" community in the United States are not Trauma, ER, or Pathophysiology-trained physicians, but rather family medicine doctors or non-MD personnel, such as RNs or Paramedics, or even - god forbid - lay people in certain areas. There is a great Investigation Dateline report on Netflix about the whole problem, and the fact is that people are getting away with murder every day because of incompetence.


Coroners can be a political appointment. Autopsies may not be done because of financial reasons. (What government has enough money for everything it wants)? And don't believe everything that programs like Cold Case Files and CSI depict. If TV showed complete accurate scenarios, copycats might think they could do the same thing and get away with it.
 
2012-08-01 09:29:28 AM
A friend of mine died of a heart attack (we discovered later) while on vacation. He didn't make it in the ambulance so an autopsy was done. We got the results back SIX MONTHS LATER. It happened in NC and apparently there is exactly one clearing house for COD certificates in the entire state.
 
2012-08-01 10:13:21 AM

MythDragon: That's why I use the auto autopsy machine. Cuts down on error
[www.eudoxus.demon.co.uk image 185x167]
And it doesn't mind if the patient is still technically 'alive'


That's because you take a reputation hit when you use it.
 
2012-08-01 12:58:31 PM
What makes you think we've got the wrong dead guy?

The ovaries?
 
2012-08-01 04:12:48 PM
umm.. yeah, be careful please.
 
2012-08-01 04:19:54 PM
Looks like they made a grave mistake.
 
2012-08-01 07:06:24 PM

Gyrfalcon: No, autopsies are only done where there was no doctor in attendance and therefore some doubt as to the cause of death. Die in a hospital of heart disease or a brain tumor, and they've got no reason to autopsy you.


Hunh, didn't know that. I thought autopsies were a bit more common/necessary, but I can see the financial costs and simple backlog on so many people. When my friend's dad died, she was expecting the hospital to do one on him, but they didn't. He was on the operating table when he passed, so that was probably why. :(


czetie: I have a three inch autopsy scar on my back, so I'm getting a kick etc.


Oh come on, now, you can't say something like that and not elaborate. Lemme go get popcorn. :)
 
2012-08-01 08:41:27 PM
6655321: Coroners can be a political appointment. Autopsies may not be done because of financial reasons. (What government has enough money for everything it wants)? And don't believe everything that programs like Cold Case Files and CSI depict. If TV showed complete accurate scenarios, copycats might think they could do the same thing and get away with it.

Luckily, I'm talking about serious, non-fictional issues with the medical community.

Outside of major metropolitan areas, you have a good chance of getting away with murder if you use subtlety and intelligence.
 
2012-08-02 12:00:13 PM

Todashy: BronyMedic: Gyrfalcon: No, autopsies are only done where there was no doctor in attendance and therefore some doubt as to the cause of death. Die in a hospital of heart disease or a brain tumor, and they've got no reason to autopsy you.

Which is why people who poison their loved ones with something slow-acting like arsenic often get away with it, btw. Slip spouse a good dose of arsenic, symptoms resemble heart attack, follow up with second dose once spouse is checked in for tests. As long as there's no reason to suspect you of wanting spouse to die, you'll get away with it until you try it again.

Autopsies are grossly underused in the United States, and the fact of the matter is that the predominant "Coroner" community in the United States are not Trauma, ER, or Pathophysiology-trained physicians, but rather family medicine doctors or non-MD personnel, such as RNs or Paramedics, or even - god forbid - lay people in certain areas. There is a great Investigation Dateline report on Netflix about the whole problem, and the fact is that people are getting away with murder every day because of incompetence.

Here in KY, the coroners are indeed lay people. The requirements are so simple as a) live in your county, b) be 21 years of age, and c) never have fought in a duel. No degree required! However, autopsy personnel are certified forensic pathologist and the techs. Really, once the coroner drops the body off at our building (at our office we serve around 30 counties), we take over and basically make the coroner look good.


Any wiggle room on the duel thing? Also, does a knife fight count as a duel if you're both into it?

Just asking for a friend.
 
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