Death in custody in Spain: Excited delirium syndrome. Importance of a multidisciplinary approach

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Martín Ayuso, David and Pajuelo Castro, Juan José and Santiago Sáez, Andrés Sebastián and Herreros Ruíz-Valdepeñas, Benjamín and Pinto Pastor, Pilar (2022) Death in custody in Spain: Excited delirium syndrome. Importance of a multidisciplinary approach. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 90 . p. 102393. ISSN 1752-928X

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jflm.2022.102393



Abstract

This article aims to analyse the excited delirium syndrome, especially, when Law Enforcement Officers have to make use of force and deaths in custody occur. Through a bibliographic review, inferences have been obtained to identify, in first place, what a death in custody is and the differences between positional asphyxia and excited delirium syndrome. Subsequently, we have summarized the major findings that the medical examiner should look for in order to diagnose the excited delirium syndrome from the scene examination, the autopsy and the complementary analysis. Finally, we propose some directives that may help to avoid the death of these subjects and to study them in case they occur.


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Uncontrolled Keywords:Excited delirium syndrome, Positional asphyxia, Death in custody, Medico-legal autopsy
Subjects:Medical sciences > Medicine > Anesthesiology and resuscitation
Medical sciences > Medicine > Medical jurisprudence
ID Code:74602
Deposited On:16 Sep 2022 12:23
Last Modified:19 Sep 2022 07:27

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