Monday, November 17, 2008

Autopsy: Homicide Case

“The body is presented in a black body bag. At the time of examination, the body is clothed in a long-sleeved red cotton thermal shirt, khaki twill cargo pants, and one black shoe.

The body is that of a normally developed, well nourished Caucasian female measuring 63 inches in length, weighing 114 pounds, and appearing generally consistent with the stated age of thirty-five years. The body is cold and unembalmed with declining rigor. Pronounced unblanching lividity is present on the posterior of the body in the regions of the feet; the upper thighs, particularly on the right side; the lower back, particularly on the right side; the right arm; and the neck.

An autopsy, also known as a post-mortem examination, is a medical procedure that consists of a thorough examination of a corpse to determine the cause and manner of death and to evaluate any disease or injury that may be present. It is usually performed by a specialized doctor called pathologist. If you are an avid fan of CSI Las Vegas, you would have seen footages of an ongoing autopsy or watched a scene where an agent talks to the coroner regarding the cause of death of the victim.

In making the report for autopsy, the pathologist records the findings through a digital recorder and then passes this recording on to a medical transcriptionist. The work of a transcriptionist now forms part to a legal medical document.

You might be one of those wanting to take up transcription course especially in the field of medical transcription. As such, you will find yourself transcribing many types of medical reports such as Autopsy, Emergency Room Reports or Cardiovascular or Pulmonary Reports.

As a medical transcriptionist who is transcribing an autopsy report at night, you may get that eerie feeling that the victim might be standing next to you. You start to remember all that creepy, scary and ghoulish movies you’ve watched in the past. Scary as it may seem, transcribing an autopsy report gives you an opportunity to gain some knowledge in forensic medicine.

But if think you are not cut out for this challenge, do consider other forms of transcriptions such as general, business, entertainment or legal transcriptions. With many business processes being outsourced to the Philippines, much opportunity await those possessing the relevant skills required by outsourcing providers.

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