If there is ANY sign that a victim may be alive, give first aid and
take action to evacuate the victim to the nearest medical facility,
then describe your actions in your notes.
I checked the victim for signs of life.
There is no pulse or
respiration evident; the skin is cold and clammy to the touch and there
is no response when finger pressure is administered to the victim's
eyes. There is no visible bullet exit wound or other injuries on the
There is minimal bleeding, dark brown in color, indicating
Rigor mortis is present in the chin, neck area, and upper
portions of the arms. Livor mortis appears fixed in the heels, feet,
and palms of the hands.
RESPOND TO THE ARRIVAL OF THE DOCTOR:
Obtain the full ID, unit, and telephone number of attending doctor.
Get the name and location of the medical facility where the victim
is to be taken.
Doctor (MAJ) Carlos V, RAMIREZ, 413-40-9256, Noble Army Hospital (NAH),
FMA, arrives at the scene. RAMIREZ's office telephone numbers are 9988
RECORD THE ACTIONS OF THE DOCTOR:
Note the time at which the doctor pronounces a victim dead.
Obtain his opinion of the cause and means of death.
Get a copy of the death certificate.
Learn the time, date, and location of the autopsy.
Obtain the full ID of driver and ambulance and note if he is
standing by or on call.
Ensure the body is not covered until you are ready to release it.
Premature covering of a body can destroy or alter valuable
Chalking the outline of the body should be done only if the
body must be moved prior to completing processing.