What happens at a post-mortem – procedures and timings

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What happens at a hospital post mortem on a baby – procedures and timings covers the general testing procedures which take place during a perinatal post mortem. Starting  from the consent process, it covers the different forms of autopsy testing, through to the write up of results and arranging to discuss these with parents. It includes estimated timings for how long different procedures can be expected to take, as well as practical steps that hospitals and staff can take to minimise the potential for delays. 

What happens at a hospital post-mortem on a baby – procedures and timings covers the general testing procedures which take place during a perinatal post mortem.