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Required Critical Conversations Between Medical Examiners/Coroners and Forensic Nurses

Infanti Mraz, Megan A. RN, PhD

doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000121
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ABSTRACT Forensic teams work with the deceased and their families on a daily basis. The forensic team fulfills an important role during the death process and serves as a medium between the medical community and investigative community. The medical examiner, or coroner, depending on jurisdiction, plays a critical role in the death investigation, whose assessments and findings are a key element in care for the deceased in relation to the investigation. Communication regarding care for the deceased is critical to the completion of the investigation. Nine key discussion points are addressed as a means to launch communications between the forensic team and the medical examiner/coroner's office.

Author Affiliations: West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Disclosure: There are no financial or product disclosures associated with the submission of this article.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Megan A. Infanti Mraz, RN, PhD, Department of Nursing, West Chester University Exton Campus, 930 E Lincoln Highway, Suite 100, Exton, PA 19341. Email:

Received Mary 25, 2016; accepted for publication June 27, 2016.

© 2016 by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. All rights reserved.
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