Observing an autopsy
Seeing a post mortem will make it easier to recommend one to patients and their relatives?
Autopsy means “to see for oneself” and is an examination after death (postmortem examination), often referred to as a post mortem or PM.
In England and Wales nearly 100 000 autopsies take place each year. In 2011, 93 954 were carried out as part of a coroner’s investigation into a death. This number of autopsies accounts for about 20% of all deaths in 2011.1 Also, a smaller number of consented autopsies were carried out. But what does this mean? What is the difference between a coronial autopsy and a consented autopsy? Where do autopsies take place? And how is a postmortem examination done?
Three types of postmortem examination are undertaken in England and Wales—forensic (special, criminal), coroner’s, and consented.
Forensic autopsy is a subtype of coroner’s autopsy, and is conducted when there is a prospect that a criminal charge will be made against a perpetrator. These are performed by forensic pathologists under