This course is designed to lead the medicolegal and police investigator through the proper understanding and practice of an external body exam of an decedent. An initial exam while still on scene is imperative for the overall determination of cause and manner as well as collecting time sensitive facts and evidence.


This course is approved for continuing education credits by Missouri POST, American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) and the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute  (ACFEI)


Who should take this Course

  • Coroners
  • Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • Law Enforcement
  • Forensic Nurses
  • Students of Forensic interests

Course Summary

This course is designed to lead the Medicolegal and police investigator through the proper understanding and practice of an external body exam of an decedent. An initial exam while still on scene is imperative for the overall determination of cause and manner as well as collecting time sensitive facts and evidence. This course details the process of a proper exam, who is responsible for conducting the exam, properly documenting the exam, and preparing the final case summary.

In addition the course will cover basic anatomy, procedures to collecting body fluids for toxicology testing, how to document wounds, and the understanding of the Rule of 9’s as it applies to burn victim.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course of instruction the student will be able to:

1.Explain the importance of an external body exam while on scene

2.List  the methods of documenting the factors found during the exam

3.Explain the systematic approach to an external body exam

4.Identify and recognize  basic anatomical  body regions

5.Explain “the rule of 9’s” and how it is calculated in burn victims.

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