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Proposal for a harmonized protocol for COVID-19 screening and necropsy in forensic sciences facilities.
J Forensic Leg Med. 2020 Nov; 76:102067.JF

Abstract

On 31 December 2019, health authorities in the People's Republic of China informed the World Health Organization of a then limited outbreak of interstitial viral pneumonia, identified at a laboratory in the city of Wuhan. In mid-April 2020 this outbreak of COVID-19 (as the disease has been called) has aggravated and spread worldwide, causing more than 200,000 deaths and affecting especially the United States, Spain, Italy, France and the United Kingdom. Despite the severity of the outbreak, the pathological findings have not been described in detail and there are very few guidelines or protocols for conducting autopsy studies on patients who have died from COVID-19. There are currently very few histopathological case series studies on this disease. In addition, some of these studies have been performed on biopsies or surgical resection pieces from patients in whom disease was subsequently demonstrated or through minimally invasive autopsy protocols. None of the studies offer a detailed necropsy protocol. This document proposes a protocol of action for the institutes of Forensic Medicine facing the current SARS-CoV2 pandemic, which combines protection of worker safety with optimization of tissue collection.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Applied Anatomy Laboratory. Department of Anatomy, Histology and Neuroscience. Autonomous University of Madrid, Calle Arzobispo Morcillo, 4, 28029, Madrid, Spain; Division of Pathology, Canary Islands University Hospital, La Laguna, Canary Islands, Spain. Electronic address: emiliogonzalezarnay@gmail.com.Institute for Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences. Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.Division of Histopathology of the National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Sciences (Canary Islands Section), Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.Division of Histopathology of the National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Sciences (Canary Islands Section), Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

33032204

Citation

González-Arnay, Emilio, et al. "Proposal for a Harmonized Protocol for COVID-19 Screening and Necropsy in Forensic Sciences Facilities." Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, vol. 76, 2020, p. 102067.
González-Arnay E, Martín-Olivera R, Quintero-Quintero YC, et al. Proposal for a harmonized protocol for COVID-19 screening and necropsy in forensic sciences facilities. J Forensic Leg Med. 2020;76:102067.
González-Arnay, E., Martín-Olivera, R., Quintero-Quintero, Y. C., & Hernández-Guerra, A. I. (2020). Proposal for a harmonized protocol for COVID-19 screening and necropsy in forensic sciences facilities. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 76, 102067. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jflm.2020.102067
González-Arnay E, et al. Proposal for a Harmonized Protocol for COVID-19 Screening and Necropsy in Forensic Sciences Facilities. J Forensic Leg Med. 2020;76:102067. PubMed PMID: 33032204.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Proposal for a harmonized protocol for COVID-19 screening and necropsy in forensic sciences facilities. AU - González-Arnay,Emilio, AU - Martín-Olivera,Raquel, AU - Quintero-Quintero,Yamilet C, AU - Hernández-Guerra,Ana I, Y1 - 2020/10/03/ PY - 2020/04/29/received PY - 2020/09/13/revised PY - 2020/09/26/accepted PY - 2020/10/9/pubmed PY - 2020/12/1/medline PY - 2020/10/8/entrez KW - Autopsy KW - COVID-19 KW - Necropsy KW - Protocol KW - SARS CoV2 SP - 102067 EP - 102067 JF - Journal of forensic and legal medicine JO - J Forensic Leg Med VL - 76 N2 - On 31 December 2019, health authorities in the People's Republic of China informed the World Health Organization of a then limited outbreak of interstitial viral pneumonia, identified at a laboratory in the city of Wuhan. In mid-April 2020 this outbreak of COVID-19 (as the disease has been called) has aggravated and spread worldwide, causing more than 200,000 deaths and affecting especially the United States, Spain, Italy, France and the United Kingdom. Despite the severity of the outbreak, the pathological findings have not been described in detail and there are very few guidelines or protocols for conducting autopsy studies on patients who have died from COVID-19. There are currently very few histopathological case series studies on this disease. In addition, some of these studies have been performed on biopsies or surgical resection pieces from patients in whom disease was subsequently demonstrated or through minimally invasive autopsy protocols. None of the studies offer a detailed necropsy protocol. This document proposes a protocol of action for the institutes of Forensic Medicine facing the current SARS-CoV2 pandemic, which combines protection of worker safety with optimization of tissue collection. SN - 1878-7487 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/33032204/Proposal_for_a_harmonized_protocol_for_COVID_19_screening_and_necropsy_in_forensic_sciences_facilities_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1752-928X(20)30174-8 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -