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What 7 documental factors associate with the "initial call"?
1. Jurisdiction case number
2. date and time reported
3. person receiving the call
4. reported information
6. affiliation/ relationship with the decedent
7. telephone number
What seven factors are essential for the demographic of the decedent?
1. full name (and alias, if any)
2. date of birth
5. current residence
6. marital status
7. social security number
What are the four factors relating to the death information relating to the "when, where and whom.."
1. last seen alive
2. found dead
3. pronounced dead
4. known "incident" occurred
When notifying the next of kin what indentification information is needed?
3. telephone number
5. means of identification
What historical information is needed for death investigation? Lecture discussed 5 factors.
1. witnesses to incident
2. statements regarding discovery of body
3. law enforcement or first responder
4. hospital information
5. past medical, social, psychiatric history
List the five general scene descriptions provided in lecture
1. urban/suburban/ rural neighborhood
2. description of overall situation
3. indoors/ outdoors
4. general conditions of the scene or home
5. weather conditions
List the five specific scene descriptions
1. immediate location of the body
2. items at the scene that may have contributed to the death
3. body in relation to the scene findings
4. body in relation to the history given
5. alterations of the scene
What evidence at the scene can help provide an estimate of the time of death ?
1. mail and/ or newspaper
2. lights on/ television on
3. state of food preparation and/ or dishes
4. list of medications
5. dated materials about the scene
What information about evidence is essential when documenting evidence from the scene?
1. size, volume and color of evidence
2. serial number if evidence has one
3. manufacturer of evidence
4. location of evidence
5. condition of evidence
What information is essential in documentation of the body description?
1. specific location of the body
2. position and posture of the body (if not moved)
3. detailed description of person's clothing and jewelry/ property
4. injuries or marks on the body
5. assessment of time of death
What is the goal of completeing report forms?
Goal is to be complete, accurate, factual, unbiased and timely
What are supplemental reports
1. new information received after the initial investigative report is complete
2. must be documented as to date, time source and information
Who are those you should interview?
1. Witnesses to events
2. persons finding the body
3. next of kin
4. person knowledgeable about the decedent or circumstances of death
5. other family members, friends or co-workers
What are the initial steps in an interview?
1. identify the interviewee and their relationship to the decedent
3. interview personals separately
4. interview as soon as the event occurred
5. interview free of distractions
What are the structure and words to use and not to use during an interview
1. do not use slang
2. do use "death"
3. use the decedents name
Who employes forensic pathologist ?
The ME/ Coroner system
When communicating with a pathologist what is essential from a death investigator? Lecture discussed three factors.
1. share scene information
2. alert pathologist of special issues or request
3. avoid communication problems
What are the six interactions between pathologist and investigators during death investigations.
1. additional information needed before, during and after autopsy
2. antemortem blood and other lab specimens
3. coordination with the organ/ tissue procurement procedures
4. notfication to consulting experts
5. specific request to the pathologist from outside agencies
6. addressing concerns of hte family and/or funeral director
Four general rules when dealing with the media?
1. know applicable state and federal laws governing release of information
2. know applicable state and federal laws governing release of information
3. konw your office policy regarding who, what, and when information
4. never release another agency's records
What are the six "nevers" used when dealing with the media?
1. never speculate
2. never say no comment
3. never lie
4. never speak of the record
5. never ask to see the written copy, as it could be interpreted as collusion with the journalist
6. never release information befre the next of kin has been notified
Communication with Physicians invovles what kind of topics?
1. previous surgery
4. medical treatment
5. social, psychiatric, behavioral history
6. medication name
8. number of refills
9. prescribing physicians
10. date of prescription
11. number of remaining
12. name of pharmacy
13. avoid repetitive calls
14. timely calls
15. cross coverage
16. invite follow up calls
When taking a phone call message you should leave your name true or false?