Physician’s Competence and Obligations at the Place of Subject’s Death outside the Health-care Facilities
Ústav soudního lékařství FNsP, Ostrava
Soud Lék., 50, 2005, No. 4, p. 54-56
The valid law does not unequivocally define a physician’s competence and obligations at the place of a subject’s death outside the health-care facilities. The scheme creates a general instruction for the medical personnel to be used in cases of death outside health-care facilities. It is aimed at a better understanding of the problem, and it is supplemented with relevant legal regulations. The scheme is divided into 3 horizontal levels, the death being placed on the first level, the decision about autopsy on the second level, and the burial on the third level. These three levels are interconnected vertically, in order to represent the chronological sequence of individual steps and the respective decisions made by the examining physician. The schematic representation of the problems of death outside health-care facilities resulted in several lines of action, all that with regard to the medical and forensic aspects of the death. In every line of action, the work of the examining physician’s is summarised.
death – general instruction – autopsy
Forensic medical examiner