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Certification of cause of death in patients dying soon after proximal femoral fracture

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7061.879 (Published 05 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:879

All such deaths must be reported to the coroner

  1. G N Rutty, Lecturer in forensic pathology,
  2. C M Milroy, Senior lecturer in forensic medicine,
  3. Christopher Dorries, Coroner for south Yorkshire (west)
  1. Department of Forensic Pathology, Medicolegal Centre, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7ES

    EDITOR,—S J Calder and colleagues reviewed the certification of cause of death in patients dying soon after proximal femoral fracture.1 Their report perpetuates common misconceptions regarding matters relating to death certification and deaths referable to the coroner. It starts with a false premise: that there is any option over reporting a death related to trauma. There is a statutory obligation for all deaths that may be related to trauma to be reported to the coroner, as directed in the Registration of Births and Deaths …

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