(a) The chief medical examiner shall release to the procurement organization such
information as may be necessary to facilitate organ and tissue donation including,
but not limited to, the name, contact information and available medical and social
history of a decedent whose death has been reported pursuant to chapter 38. If the decedent’s body or part is medically suitable for transplantation or therapy,
the medical examiner shall release the autopsy reports to the procurement organization;
provided, however, that in the case of a suspicious death where the district attorney
is controlling the investigation pursuant to said chapter 38, the chief medical examiner
or his designee shall not release an autopsy report unless informed by the district
attorney that the autopsy report may be released. The procurement organization may make a subsequent disclosure of the postmortem
examination results or other information received from the medical examiner only as
necessary to facilitate transplantation or therapy.
(b) The medical examiner may conduct a medicolegal examination by reviewing all medical
records, laboratory test results, xrays, other diagnostic results and other information
that any person may possess about a donor or prospective donor whose death has been
reported pursuant to chapter 38 which the medical examiner determines may be relevant
to the investigation.
(c) A person that has any information requested by a medical examiner pursuant to
subsection (b) shall provide that information as expeditiously as possible to allow
the medical examiner to conduct the medicolegal investigation within a period compatible
with the preservation of parts for transplantation, therapy, research or education.
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