Spokane County Performance Indicators

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Medical Examiner's Office

A regional center dedicated to excellence in public service by providing professional, scientific, and compassionate forensic death investigation services.

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John D. Howard, MD Medical Examiner, Forensic Pathologist, Chief Medical Examiner, 2016
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Description:

Percentage of formal written autopsy reports completed in 90 days.


Significance:

Autopsy reports provide information about cause of death, and medical conditions, diseases, and injuries identified during a forensic death investigation. Copies of autopsy reports are available to family, attending physicians, law enforcement, the prosecutor, and public health officials. National Medical Examiner office-accreditation standards call for completion of 90% of autopsy reports in 90 days to have full-accreditation status.

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Autopsy Report Time to Completion