Area's growing pains felt at county morgue

Medical Examiner says additional staff needed

Author: Paul Venema, Reporter, pvenema@ksat.com
Published On: Jul 18 2012 04:28:23 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 18 2012 10:00:10 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

The rapid population growth in Bexar County has created an increased workload at the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office.

“We need some more staff to take care of things,” said Bexar County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Randall Frost.

Frost said that the National Association of Medical Examiners autopsy equivalency formula says that each doctor perform no more than 325 autopsies a year.

“Once we exceed that number, we are in danger of losing our accreditation,” Frost said. “It looks like we’re going to exceed it this year. It looks like we’re actually going to hit about 340.”

The doctor said that the numbers do not necessarily reflect a growth in crime. Autopsies are performed on cases of natural deaths and suicides as well as homicides.

In his annual budget request to Bexar County Commissioners, Frost is asking for an additional doctor and support staff. He said he is cautiously confident his request will be approved.

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