ICU Autopsy

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When we have a death in the ICU if there is an autopsy we need to leave all of the tubes and IV’s inplace. It is difficult to ask the family of the patients if they will agree to an autopsy. If the death is suspicious the coroner will step in and do an autopsy for legal concerns. I guess I have not paid attention to this question. What if the family refuses an autopsy? I think the coroner has power to do it anyway.

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