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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The mechanism of death from traumatic soft tissue injuries (in this case swollen arms with hematomas based on autopsy and with history of hazing), will cause rhabdomyolysis (skeletal breakdown) resulting [in] electrolyte imbalance and acute kidney injury,' Dr.
In many SUDEP cases, postictal respiratory arrest or terminal cardiac arrhythmias are believed to be the mechanism of death (3,8).
Sex Male 18 (69) 9 (75) Female 8 (31) 3 (25) Age group (yrs) [less than or equal to]17 0 1 (8) 18-64 14 (54) 5 (42) [more than or equal to]>65 11 (42) 6 (50) Unknown 1 (4) 0 Cause of death Drowning 22 (85) 0 Trauma 2 (8) 8 (67) Exacerbation of condition ([dagger]) 1 (4) 1 (8) Electrocution 0 2 (17) CO poisoning 0 1 (8) Fire 1 (4) 0 Directly related mechanism of death ([section]) Vehicle drowning 18 (69) 0 Non-vehicle drowning 4 (15) 0 Tree-related trauma 1 (4) 2 (17) Indirectly related mechanism of death ([section]) Vehicle crash injury 1 (4) 1 (8) Preparation/repair injury 0 5 (42) Electrocution 0 2 (17) Medical exacerbation 1 (4) 1 (8) CO poisoning 0 1 (8) Fire 1 (4) 0 Georgia Virginia Total (n = 3) (n = 2) (n = 43) Characteristic No.
The cause of death was multiple injuries consistent with the mechanism of death," Mr Harrison said.
An understanding of the magnitude of the problem, identification of the area most commonly injured, and the mechanism of death in cases where the patient died in hospital could aid in the clinical management of some cases in order to reduce mortality.
The activation of one mechanism of death or another depends on the cellular capacity to deal with the condition of suffering to which it is exposed.
Acute heart failure (AHF) is a common mechanism of death in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
Medical experts will be giving evidence concerning cause of death, mechanism of death the times of death.
Lung collapse due to a large amount of pleural effusion is a common mechanism of death.
To our knowledge, the reports of fatalities or injuries of mountaineers in high altitude climbing in Himalayas are the only source of information about the risk factors and mechanism of death among mountaineers [8].
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.