Medical examine…

There must be oversight/investigations into the outdated coroner system.

There must be oversight/investigations into the outdated coroner system.

Medical examiner “must balance the medicolegal responsibility ……with societal responsibility to respect the wishes of the decedent and/or next of kin

National Association of Medical Examiners Position Paper on the Medical Examiner Release of Organs and Tissues for Transplantation

Pinckard, J Keith MD, PhD*; Wetli, Charles V. MD†; Graham, Michael A. MD‡



“The medical examiner community plays a key role in the organ and tissue procurement process for transplantation. Since many, if not most, potential organ or tissue donors fall under medicolegal jurisdiction, the medical examiner bears responsibility to authorize or deny the procurement of organs or tissues on a case-by-case basis. This responsibility engenders a basic dichotomy for the medical examiner’s decision-making process. In cases falling under his/her jurisdiction, the medical examiner must balance the medicolegal responsibility centered on the decedent with the societal responsibility to respect the wishes of the decedent and/or next of kin to help living patients. Much has been written on this complex issue in both the forensic pathology and the transplantation literature. Several studies and surveys of medical examiner practices, as well as suggested protocols for handling certain types of cases, are available for reference when concerns arise that procurement may potentially hinder medicolegal death investigation. It is the position of the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) that the procurement of organs and/or tissues for transplantation can be accomplished in virtually all cases, without detriment to evidence collection, postmortem examination, determination of cause and manner of death, or the conducting of criminal or civil legal proceedings. The purpose of this position paper is to review the available data, the arguments for and against medical examiner release, and to encourage the release of organs and tissues in all but the rarest of circumstances.”

2 responses to this post.

  1. I guess I now know why my father got so upset when I mentioned that I voluntarily elected to be an organ donor. He was right about every cynical comment he made about the government. I guess he would know, his father was chief of staff of a hospital and on every president’s advisory committee on healthcare. He also said too many people went to the doctor who didn’t need to go to the doctor. He repeated, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” But that was when there were real doctors who had a gift, a passion, and good bedside manner



    • A huge black market in stolen body part exists. I have written about it, documented it and re-posted documentaries about it….the National Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners write the rules for their members and cooperate in writing rules to allow their members to extract organs, tissue and bones without permission from next of kin. And, it gives them the right to take these body parts against the wishes of the family. Who will know unless a trustworthy funeral director notices and reports to the family who must then have another autopsy to prove their case.

      Who gets the money? Certainly not the family or estate of the victim.



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