Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 58
Coroners and Inquests
Section 58.785

August 28, 2013


Release of decedent information to procurement organizations, when--medicolegal examination permitted--recovery of body parts, requirements.

58.785. 1. Upon request of a procurement organization, a coroner or medical examiner shall release to the procurement organization the name, contact information, and available medical and social history of a decedent whose body is under the jurisdiction of the coroner or medical examiner. If the decedent's body or part is medically suitable for transplantation, therapy, research, or education, the coroner or medical examiner shall release postmortem examination results to the procurement organization. The procurement organization may make a subsequent disclosure of the postmortem examination results or other information received from the coroner or medical examiner only if relevant to transplantation or therapy.

2. The coroner or medical examiner may conduct a medicolegal examination by reviewing all medical records, laboratory test results, x-rays, other diagnostic results, and other information that any person possesses about a prospective donor or a donor whose body is under the jurisdiction of the coroner or medical examiner which the coroner or medical examiner determines may be relevant to the investigation.

3. A person that has any information requested by a coroner or medical examiner under subsection 2 of this section shall provide that information as expeditiously as possible to allow the coroner or medical examiner to conduct the medicolegal investigation within a period compatible with the preservation of parts for purposes of transplantation, therapy, research, or education.

4. If an anatomical gift has been or might be made of a part of a decedent whose body is under the jurisdiction of the coroner or medical examiner and a postmortem examination is not required, or the coroner or medical examiner determines that a postmortem examination is required but that the recovery of the part that is the subject of an anatomical gift will not interfere with the examination, the coroner or medical examiner and procurement organization shall cooperate in the timely removal of the part from the decedent for purposes of transplantation, therapy, research, or education.

5. If an anatomical gift of a part from the decedent under the jurisdiction of the coroner or medical examiner has been or might be made, but the coroner or medical examiner initially believes that the recovery of the part could interfere with the postmortem investigation into the decedent's cause or manner of death, the coroner or medical examiner shall consult with the procurement organization or physician or technician designated by the procurement organization about the proposed recovery. After consultation, the coroner or medical examiner may allow recovery.

6. Following the consultation under subsection 5 of this section, in the absence of mutually agreed upon protocols to resolve conflict between the coroner or medical examiner and the procurement organization, if the coroner or medical examiner intends to deny recovery, the coroner or medical examiner or his or her designee, at the request of the procurement organization, shall attend the removal procedure for the part before making a final determination not to allow the procurement organization to recover the part. During the removal procedure, the coroner or medical examiner or his or her designee may allow recovery by the procurement organization to proceed, or, if the coroner or medical examiner or his or her designee reasonably believes that the part may be involved in determining the decedent's cause or manner of death, deny recovery by the procurement organization.

7. If the coroner or medical examiner or his or her designee denies recovery under subsection 6 of this section, the coroner or medical examiner or his or her designee shall:

(1) Explain in a record the specific reasons for not allowing recovery of the part;

(2) Include the specific reasons in the records of the coroner or medical examiner; and

(3) Provide a record with the specific reasons to the procurement organization.

8. If the coroner or medical examiner or his or her designee allows recovery of a part under subsection 4, 5, or 6 of this section, the procurement organization shall, upon request, cause the physician or technician who removes the part to provide the coroner or medical examiner with a record describing the condition of the part, a biopsy, photograph, and any other information and observations that would assist in the postmortem examination.

9. If a coroner or medical examiner or his or her designee is required to be present at a removal procedure under subsection 6 of this section, the procurement organization requesting the recovery of the part shall, upon request, reimburse the coroner or medical examiner or his or her designee for the additional costs incurred in complying with subsection 6 of this section.

(L. 2008 S.B. 1139)


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