Groundbreaking Book Fills Dire Needs in Unexplained Pediatric Deaths

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In February 2020, the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) Foundation released a first-of-its-kind book, Unexplained Pediatric Deaths: Investigation, Certification, and Family Needs, in collaboration with the National Association of Medical Examiners and the American Academy of Pediatrics. This groundbreaking publication establishes the first-ever national consensus guidelines in the United States to fill crucial needs to determine why unexplained pediatric deaths happen and support families after the tragedy. It reviews medicolegal investigations of sudden, unexpected pediatric deaths, focusing on systems and procedures in the United States and those deaths that remain incompletely understood or entirely unexplained.

The current global pandemic underscores the challenges facing the death investigation system in the United States. Greater support must be provided for adequate training, staffing, facilities, equipment, and supplies to perform autopsies. This is just one of the recommendations highlighted in Unexplained Pediatric Deaths.

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