Autopsy Recommendations

It is the policy of the University of Florida Medical Staff that autopsy should be encouraged and sought appropriately when:

  1. The autopsy may help explain unknown and unanticipated medical conditions;
  2. The cause of death is not clinically certain;
  3. Family and/or public health concerns exist;
  4. Death occurs unexpectedly during a medical, dental or therapeutic procedure;
  5. Death occurs on clinical protocols approved by the Institutional Review Board;
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Death results from high-risk infectious or contagious disease;
  9. Death occurs during obstetrical care;
  10. Death occurs in any pediatric patient;
  11. Death is known or suspected to have a direct bearing on surviving family or a transplant recipient; or
  12. Death occurs from known or suspected environmental or occupational hazard.
Autopsy