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Unexplained Pediatric Deaths

Investigation, Certification, and Family Needs

Editors: The National Association of Medical Examiners’ Panel on Sudden Unexpected Death in Pediatrics; Elizabeth A. Bundock, Tracey S. Corey, Thomas A. Andrew, MD, FCAP, FAAP, Laura Gould Crandall, PT, MA, Eric A. Eason, MD, Wendy M. Gunther, MD, Rachel Y. Moon, MD, Vincent J. Palusci, MD, MS, FAAP, Cynthia M. Schmidt, MD, MLS, and Mary Ann Sens, MD, PhD.

San Diego (CA): Academic Forensic Pathology International; .
ISBN-13: 978-0-9989043-2-0

Procedural guidance and key considerations developed by the National Association of Medical Examiners' Panel on Sudden Unexpected Death in Pediatrics.

This publication reviews medicolegal investigation of sudden, unexpected pediatric deaths, focusing on systems and procedures in the United States and those deaths which remain incompletely understood or entirely unexplained.

Topics include:

  • The evolution of our understanding and practice in the area of sudden, unexpected pediatric death investigation
  • Changing philosophies and medical theories as to causation, and changing investigative and certification strategies
  • Procedural guidance for investigation, autopsy, and ancillary testing, certification, and reporting
  • Key considerations for prevention, research, and working with family members and other professional team members

This manual represents the combined efforts of a panel of medical examiners, pediatricians, and federal agency representatives, representing the diverse interests of death investigation, autopsy performance, certification, clinical subspecialities (pediatrics, neurology, cardology, child abuse, injury prevention, infectious diseases, genetics, and metabolic diseases), family needs, prevention, and epidemiology.


The Publisher (Academic Forensic Pathology International [AFPi]), the Editors (Dr. Elizabeth A. Bundock and Dr. Tracey S. Corey), and the Authors (National Association of Medical Examiners’ Panel on Sudden Unexpected Death in Pediatrics) are committed to the publication of high quality legal and scholarly forensic pathology materials, and make reasonable efforts to ensure that the information published is precise and accurate.

However, errors and/or omissions can occur and readers must carefully evaluate the literature and decide how to best integrate it into their own practice. The work, opinions, and assertions contained herein are those of the Authors and do not necessarily reflect those of their employers. The Authors, Editors, and Publisher shall not be liable or responsible for the validity of all materials, the consequences of their use and any direct or indirect losses or damages of any kind whatsoever, whether based in contract, tort, strict liability, or otherwise, arising out of or in any way connected with any information herein. There is no warranty, expressed or implied, with respect to the currency, completeness, or accuracy of the contents of this publication. The Authors, Editors, and the Publisher do not assume any responsibility for any injury and/or damage to persons or property related to any use of the content contained herein. Readers are advised to check the most recent information published on all related subjects.

Neither this book, nor any part may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilming, and recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system, without prior permission in writing from The SUDC Foundation.

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© The SUDC Foundation 2019.

This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, reproduction and adaptation in any medium and for any purpose provided that it is properly attributed. For attribution, the original author(s), title, publication source (PeerJ) and either DOI or URL of the article must be cited.

Bookshelf ID: NBK577018PMID: 35107904


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