The role of autopsy in death resulting from trauma

J. C. Stothert, G. B M Gbaanador, David Herndon

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This study examined the difference between clinical impressions and autopsy findings in a group of patients dying on a university surgical service after blunt injury, penetrating injury, or thermal burns. Of 215 patients dying between the years 1984 and 1988, 212 were included in this study (autopsy rate, 98.6%). Major discrepancies in clinical diagnosis versus the anatomic diagnosis at autopsy were found to occur in approximately 30% of patients. The incidence of errors in diagnosis which may have impacted on survival in these groups of injured patients was quite low (5.1%). These data support the continued practice of obtaining autopsy in all patients dying from trauma. This information is clinically relevant, and, in today's atmosphere of quality assurance, absolutely necessary for a modern trauma center.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1021-1026
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Trauma
Volume30
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1990

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Autopsy
Wounds and Injuries
Nonpenetrating Wounds
Trauma Centers
Atmosphere
Burns
Hot Temperature
Survival
Incidence

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Stothert, J. C., Gbaanador, G. B. M., & Herndon, D. (1990). The role of autopsy in death resulting from trauma. Journal of Trauma, 30(8), 1021-1026.

The role of autopsy in death resulting from trauma. / Stothert, J. C.; Gbaanador, G. B M; Herndon, David.

In: Journal of Trauma, Vol. 30, No. 8, 1990, p. 1021-1026.

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Stothert, JC, Gbaanador, GBM & Herndon, D 1990, 'The role of autopsy in death resulting from trauma', Journal of Trauma, vol. 30, no. 8, pp. 1021-1026.
Stothert JC, Gbaanador GBM, Herndon D. The role of autopsy in death resulting from trauma. Journal of Trauma. 1990;30(8):1021-1026.
Stothert, J. C. ; Gbaanador, G. B M ; Herndon, David. / The role of autopsy in death resulting from trauma. In: Journal of Trauma. 1990 ; Vol. 30, No. 8. pp. 1021-1026.
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