Accidental Asphyxial Deaths Involving Infants and Young Children

    Volume 21, Issue 3 (July 1976)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 July 1976

    Page Count: 5


    Spruill, FG
    Deputy chief medical examiner, State of Rhode - Island and Providence Plantations, Providence, R.I.

    Smith, RA
    Chief field agent and field agent, Dallas County Medical Examiner's Officer, Dallas, Tex.

    Lene, WJ
    Chief field agent and field agent, Dallas County Medical Examiner's Officer, Dallas, Tex.

    Sturner, WQ
    Chief medical examiner, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Providence, R.I.

    (Received 31 October 1975; accepted 17 November 1975)

    Abstract

    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.


    Paper ID: JFS10520J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10520J

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    Title Accidental Asphyxial Deaths Involving Infants and Young Children
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    Committee E30