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Archiwum Medycyny Sądowej i Kryminologii/Archives of Forensic Medicine and Criminology
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4/2014
vol. 64
 
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Review paper

Post-mortem diagnostics in cases of sepsis. Part 1. Aetiology, epidemiology and microbiological tests

Marta Rorat
,
Tomasz Jurek
,
Krzysztof Simon

Arch Med Sąd Kryminol 2014; 64 (4): 280–294
Online publish date: 2015/03/31
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Clinical practice has an effective methodology of diagnostic procedures to be followed in cases of sepsis. However, there are as yet no corresponding standards of action in post-mortem diagnostics. The scope of examinations is limited to an autopsy and histopathological tests. This situation may lead to errors in medico-legal opinions on the cause of death and in the assessment of appropriateness of medical procedures. In cases of suspected sepsis, medico-legal investigations require obtaining detailed information about the circumstances of death (including symptoms and results of intravital examinations) before autopsy is performed, as well as sterile collection of specimens for microbiological tests and interpretation of their results on the basis of knowledge of epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical progression of sepsis.
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error in medico-legal opinion, invasive infection, post-mortem diagnostics

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