mechanism of death

mechanism of death

The process that causes one or more vital organs or organ systems to fail when a fatal disease, injury, abnormality or chemical insult occurs; it is the functional (physiologic) or structural change that makes independent life no longer possible after a lethal event has occurred.
 
Examples
Haemorrhage, hypovolemic shock, acidosis, alkalosis, asystole, ventricular fibrillation, respiratory depression and paralysis, cardiac tamponade, sepsis with profound bacterial toxaemia, etc; MODs are divided into terminal events and nonspecific physiological (functional) derangements.

mechanism of death

Forensic medicine '…the process that causes one or more vital organs or organ systems to fail when a fatal disease, injury, abnormality, or chemical insult occurs; it is the functional–physiologic or structural change that makes independent life no longer possible after a lethal event has occurred Examples Hemorrhage, hypovolemic shock, acidosis, alkalosis, asystole, V fib, respiratory depression and paralysis, cardiac tamponade, sepsis with profound bacterial toxemia, etc; MODs are divided into terminal events and nonspecific physiological–functional derangements. Cf Immediate cause of death, Underlying cause of death.
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Medical experts will be giving evidence concerning cause of death, mechanism of death the times of death.
From the evidence that I have seen there has been no other mechanism of death discovered.
The message to be drawn from these five tragic deaths is that the risk of sudden, unexplained death in infancy is greatly increased where a child sleeps in the same bed with one or more parents or other adults, whether the mechanism of death is asphyxia due to overlaying, bedding or otherwise," News.
The mechanism of death induction of each compound showed interesting concentration-dependent differences.
Effectively the jury is being invited to convict Louise Wall and Michael Cruise of murder, when the evidence is to the effect that whatever actions they carried out, the mechanism of death is the fall.
in regard to the former: "always swim with someone substantially smaller than you"), notes on the mechanism of death and rare case of survival, and mercifully, not too graphic illustrations.
Every member of the diverse group of lawyers, judges, legal scholars, and individuals intimately familiar with the mechanism of death sentences who assembled for the forum expressed the same sentiment: It is time to put a halt to executions in Florida.
We developed a death certification educational intervention consisting of a 45-minute didactic teaching session and an educational handout that covered: (i) the importance of mortality data for public health, (ii) process of death certification, (iii) concept of a causal sequence and the underlying cause of death, (iv) distinction between cause and mechanism of death, (v) appropriate terminology to use when writing cause of death statements and (vi) common misconceptions.
The paucity of objective information on drug action and mechanism of death in lethal injection belies the assurance of expert testimony in lethal injection litigation.
Occasionally, there is a tendency to confuse the underlying cause of death with the mechanism of death, leading to the use of ill-defined and ill-suited terms as causes of deaths.
He said: "I am satisfied essentially that in each case the mechanism of death has been a sudden interruption of the heart.
Mr Martin-Sperry told the judges: "The evidence of Diane Bowman, in particular, cannot be used to support Dr Armour's propositions, simply because it is inconsistent with it and it suggests a mechanism of death that was not that found by Dr Armour.