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Accomplishments

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2005-06 Accomplishments

Strategic Initiative – Kids

  • Implemented the revised State protocol for reporting on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and contributed to understanding of SIDS through the support of education of expectant mothers.
  • Conducted research on childhood death by working with the District Attorney, the San Diego County Child Fatality Committee, the Methamphetamine Strike Force, the Medical Examiners and Coroners Alert Project (MECAP), and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
  • Provided educational tours of the Medical Examiner facility and education seminars for four approved high school groups.

 

Strategic Initiative – The Environment

  • Achieved a result of "no reportable incidents" (no contamination of public property) by providing guidance and coordination to responsible parties for bio-hazardous waste removal at all death scenes on public property.
  • Achieved a result of "no reportable incidents" in the Medical Examiner facility by adhering to strict regulations for x-ray machine usage, blood-borne bio-hazardous waste confinement, radiation detection, and use of laboratory chemicals. Failure to follow proper procedures could result in reduction of staffing levels and lost productivity.

 

Strategic Initiative – Safe and Livable Communities

Note: Please see the Performance Measure table for more information on stated performance standards.

  • Enabled timely funeral services for families by making bodies ready for release within the stated performance standards in 100% (2,595) of cases.
  • Facilitated timely receipt of benefits to families by completing final death certificates within the stated performance standards in 97% (2,512) of cases.
  • Enabled timely sharing of detailed information regarding the cause and manner of death, by completing examination reports within the stated performance standards in 83% (2,162) of cases.
  • Facilitated timely completion of examination reports by completing toxicology reports within the stated performance standards in 100% (1,958) of cases requiring toxicology testing.
  • Facilitated timely completion of examination reports by completing investigative reports within the stated performance standards in 100% (2,595) of cases.

 

Regional Leadership

  • Conducted research efforts to promote safe and livable communities by working with the District Attorney and organizations such as the Methamphetamine Strike Force, the Medical Examiners and Coroners Alert Project (MECAP), the San Diego Regional Pharmaceutical Narcotic Enforcement Team (RxNET) and the Common Ground Community.
  • Provided education by conducting autopsy demonstrations for paramedic students, District Attorneys, Public Defenders, investigators, police cadets, law school and forensics students, as well as providing training seminars for groups such as the trauma Intervention Programs (TIP) of San Diego County. Demonstrations and seminars conducted for 72 requesting groups from approved categories.
  • One of 22 facilities in the United States and Canada to be awarded accreditation for the Forensic Toxicology Laboratory by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology.

 

Performance Measures

2004-05 Actual

2005-06 Adopted

2005-06
Estimated Actual
2006-07 Proposed

2007-08 Proposed

Bodies made ready for release on time1100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
Final Death Certificates completed on time2,994.6%99.2%97.0%N/AN/A
Investigative Reports completed on time394.4%97.3%100.0%100.0%100.0%
Toxicology Reports completed on time4100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
Examination Reports completed on time587.7%97.6%83.3%95.0%95.0%
Homicide Examination Reports completed on time6N/AN/AN/A100.0%100.0%
Next-of-kin notification completed on time7N/AN/AN/A100.0%100.0%
Case reports provided on time8N/AN/AN/A100.0%100.0%

 

 

1 0% in 2 days or less; 7% between 3 and 7 days; and no more than 3% longer than 7 days.
2 70% in 14 days or less; 18% between 15 and 60 days; 10% between 61 and 90 days; and no more than 2% longer than 90 days.
3 50% in 21 days or less; 40% between 22 and 60 days; 8% between 61 and 90 days; and no more than 2% longer than 90 days.
4 55% in 21 days or less; 40% between 22 and 60 days; 3% between 61 and 90 days; and no more than 2% longer than 90 days.
5 40% in 21 days or less; 40% between 22 and 60 days; 15% between 61 and 90 days; and no more than 5% longer than 90 days. This measure was not achieved due to a vacant pathologist position that has been vacant since October 2004. This vacancy represents 14% (1 of 7) of the authorized positions for forensic pathologists.
6 95% in 60 days or less.
7 90% within 12 hours of identification.
8 95% in 7 days or less after having both a request and case closure.
9 This performance measure is being discontinued due to the implementation of the Electronic Death Registration System and pending changes to the time involved in preparing certificates.