How the pediatric autopsy yields valuable information in a vertically integrated health care system.

@article{Newton2004HowTP,
  title={How the pediatric autopsy yields valuable information in a vertically integrated health care system.},
  author={David P. Newton and Cheryl M. Coffin and Edward B. Clark and Amy Lowichik},
  journal={Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine},
  year={2004},
  volume={128 11},
  pages={1239-46}
}
CONTEXT Although autopsy rates have declined significantly in recent decades, studies continue to validate the autopsy as an important source of clinically relevant information, a teaching tool, and a quality assurance measure. A recent review of autopsy series showed a decline in the number of serious errors likely to have affected clinical outcome detected at autopsy during the past 46 years, with a current major error rate of 8.4% to 24.4%. OBJECTIVE Our hypothesis was that the pediatric… CONTINUE READING

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