It is the policy of the University of Florida Medical Staff that autopsy should be encouraged and sought appropriately when:
- The autopsy may help explain unknown and unanticipated medical conditions;
- The cause of death is not clinically certain;
- Family and/or public health concerns exist;
- Death occurs unexpectedly during a medical, dental or therapeutic procedure;
- Death occurs on clinical protocols approved by the Institutional Review Board;
Death is unexpected or unexplained but apparently natural and not subject to forensic medical jurisdiction; and
- The patient dies unexpectedly without apparent cause.
- The patient enters the hospital for a low-risk procedure and dies, regardless of his or her clinical condition in the last stages.
- The patient enters the hospital in critical condition, is upgraded, and then dies.
Death is natural and subject to, but waived by, forensic medical jurisdiction; and
- The patient is dead on arrival.
- Death occurs within 24 hours of admission.
- Death follows injury, apparent or real, while in the hospital.
- Death results from high-risk infectious or contagious disease;
- Death occurs during obstetrical care;
- Death occurs in any pediatric patient;
- Death is known or suspected to have a direct bearing on surviving family or a transplant recipient; or
- Death occurs from known or suspected environmental or occupational hazard.