Volume 21, Issue 3 (July 1976)
Accidental Asphyxial Deaths Involving Infants and Young Children
Fatal accidents occurring in infants and children are theoretically, if not actually, preventable in all instances. However, prevention may be dependent on public understanding of the nature and frequency of such accidents and the facts which lead to their occurrences. Valuable data for community education may be obtained from properly functioning medical examiner systems which require that all sudden and unexpected deaths be reported, investigated at the scene of occurrence, and examined by a competent forensic pathologist. However, such reports continue to be more frequently used for law enforcement activities than for the benefit of public health.