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Pathologist Makes Patient NPO After Midnight for Autopsy in the Morning

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NASHVILLE, TN – In an effort to minimize aspiration and prevent any further delays in management, forensic pathologist Dr. Jason Martin has made his deceased patient NPO after midnight for possible autopsy in the morning.

“The last thing we need,” Martin explained, “is for this guy to get up and eat something, have it go the wrong way, and then he develops aspiration pneumonia on top of his already-decaying lungs.”  Martin also added that postmortem antibiotics can potentially complicate the execution of an autopsy, which is why he is undertaking all the necessary precautions.

In addition to the above measures, Martin has ordered for a complete blood count, basic chemistry panel, and PT/INR with morning labs.  He has also consulted Medicine to help clear the patient prior to autopsy.

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