QUESTIONS FOR AN INFORMED CONSUMER REGARDING POST MORTEM EXAMS
1. Most importantly, will the autopsy be performed personally from beginning to end by a pathologist certified by the American Board of Pathology in forensic pathology?
2. Most importantly, when a detailed examination of the brain and spinal cord is requested, will this examination be performed personally from beginning to end by a pathologist certified by the American Board of Pathology in neuropathology?
3. Most importantly, will the examination be performed in a permanent licensed facility with all supplies, equipment, and tools stored on site, so that the examination can be performed 24 hours a day seven days a week, in a thorough unhurried fashion without concern for any conflicts imposed by a funeral home lending their facility?
4. Do all personnel assisting in the performance of the autopsy have a Bachelors’s Degree in Mortuary Science from an accredited college?
5. Upon completion of the autopsy, will all toxicology specimens be stored for four years in a secured refrigeration facility to permit additional studies at a later date if desired?
6. Upon completion of the autopsy, will all formalin fixed tissues and explanted medical devices be stored for four years in a secured climate controlled facility to permit additional studies at a later date if desired?
7. Is the pathologist qualified by law and willing to request hospital and health provider records on your behalf so that you, as the next of kin, are spared this additional expense?
8. Does the pathologist maintain a physical office to facilitate meaningful confidential conferences with the next of kin and their chosen representatives at mutually convenient times regarding the autopsy findings and their implications for family members?