Post mortem lab tests

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    Robin Tardif
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    Does anyone know if there are specific lab tests that are performed only post mortem, such as during an autopsy? If so, is there a way to get a list of the LOINC codes for those? I’m finding only post mortem imaging items at this point.

    Thank you.

    Robin Tardif

    Ontologist

    • This topic was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by Robin Tardif.
    #474259
    Pam Banning
    Moderator

    Hello Robin,

    I searched by keywords autopsy and forensics and did not come up with laboratory assays. I don’t believe they have been requested before. If you have specific lab tests in mind, I would be happy to help you formulate a submission. Just curious, if the bolded word “only” in your message indicates biomarkers or chemistries not performed on live patients?

    Thank you for the question,

    Pam

    #474261
    Robin Tardif
    Participant

    Hi Pam.

    Thank you for your response. I was able to pull a list using the words ‘dead’, ‘death’, and ‘post mortem’. I was mostly interested in lab tests, but I was able to get what I needed. And yes, I bolded the word ‘only’ because I wanted tests that are not performed on live patients.

    I work for a company, Integra Connect, that has, and is expanding, a database of de-identified oncology patient information for use by providers, pharmaceutical companies, R&D companies, etc., to research oncology treatment plans.  The data can be pulled down to the patient level, but the data can in no way lead back to a specific patient (HIPAA). So, we want to make sure that a user cannot identify a patient as deceased, since general location information is also available. By obtaining a list of LOINC codes that pertain to deceased patients, we can exclude those as part of our de-identification process.

    Thank you for your help with this.

    Robin

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