In post mortem toxicology, lack of harmonisation between practices such as preferred sample, location and method of sampling and analytical approach has the potential to significantly impact on interpretation of results.
The phrase ‘garbage in, garbage out’, widely applied to computer science, is no less applicable here. In essence, ‘an analytical result - or its interpretation - can never be better than the sample from which it is derived’. The purpose of this survey is to ascertain the current level of understanding and practice with regards post-mortem toxicology sampling in the UK and Ireland.
Please complete all questions in full and to the best of your knowledge; providing typical examples of practice in your own mortuary.
It may be necessary to involve a pathologist to assist when providing answers as they may be responsible for all or some of the sampling. Deadline for replies 1st December 2012.
Take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AAPT-Toxicology-PM-Survey2012