The Following Category of Cases Should be Made as M.L.C.
- All injury cases, circumstances of which suggests commission of offence by someone.
- All burn injuries due to any cause.
- All vehicular, railway, aeroplane, ship, boat, factory, construction site or other unnatural accidents where there is likelihood of death or grievous hurt.
- Suspected or evident homicide, suicide including attempted.
- Suspected or evident poisoning.
- Suspected or evident sexual assaults.
- Suspected or evident criminal abortion.
- Unconscious cases where the cause is not natural or not clear.
- Cases brought dead with improper history creating suspicion of an offence.
- Cases referred by Courts or otherwise for age estimation.
- Dead on arrival cases, or patients who die shortly after being brought to the Casualty and before a definite diagnosis could be made.
- Any other case not falling under the above mentioned category but has legal implications.
- Patients dying suddenly after parenteral administration of a drug or medication.
- Patient falling down or any mishap in the Hospital, sustaining injury in the Hospital.
- Death on Operation table.
- Unexplained death after surgery or Interventional procedure.
- Unexplained ICU death.
- Patient treated and then referred from a private hospital or other Government hospital with complications of surgery or delivery or bleeding, where the cause of death is unexplained.
- Relatives of the patient assault the treating doctor or other staff of the hospital.
- Relatives of the patient create a law and order problem in the hospital.
When an autopsy is contemplated, these guidelines are to be followed to decide whether a Pathological or Medicolegal (Forensic) autopsy is to be requested:
- Pathological Autopsy is to be requested when death is due to unexplained disease process or in cases that are rare or in cases which have academic interest.
- Medicolegal (Forensic) Autopsy is to be requested in the above mentioned 1 to 20 circumstances.
WEBSITE RELEASED AT THE HANDS OF HONOURABLE MINISTER FOR HEALTH
SHRI. VISHWAJIT P. RANE
Dr. V.N.JINDAL GOA MEDICAL COLLEGE
INCHARGE: M.E.C. PROFESSOR & HEAD Dr.R.G.WISEMAN PINTO