Investigation and review of unexpected infant and child deaths

S. W. Kairys, R. C. Alexander, R. W. Block, V. D. Everett, K. P. Hymel, C. F. Johnson, M. B. Kanda, P. Melinkovich, W. C. Bell, D. Cora-Bramble, H. M. Duplessis, G. A. Handal, Jr Holmberg, A. Lavin, Jr Tayloe, D. A. Varrasso, D. L. Wood

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Abstract

Although there is a continuing need for timely review of child deaths, no uniform system exists for investigation in the United States. Investigation of a death that is traumatic, unexpected, obscure, suspicious, or otherwise unexplained in a child younger than 18 years requires a scene investigation and an autopsy. Review of these deaths requires the participation of pediatricians and other professionals, usually as a child death review team. An appropriately constituted team should evaluate the death investigation process, review difficult cases, and compile child death statistics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1158-1160
Number of pages3
JournalPediatrics
Volume104
Issue number5 I
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 22 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Kairys, S. W., Alexander, R. C., Block, R. W., Everett, V. D., Hymel, K. P., Johnson, C. F., Kanda, M. B., Melinkovich, P., Bell, W. C., Cora-Bramble, D., Duplessis, H. M., Handal, G. A., Holmberg, J., Lavin, A., Tayloe, J., Varrasso, D. A., & Wood, D. L. (1999). Investigation and review of unexpected infant and child deaths. Pediatrics, 104(5 I), 1158-1160. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.104.5.1158