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§ 940. Cooperation of state and county officials--Notification of deaths

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 63. Public Health and SafetyEffective: November 1, 2022

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 63. Public Health and Safety (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 37. Medicolegal Investigations
Effective: November 1, 2022
63 Okl.St.Ann. § 940
§ 940. Cooperation of state and county officials--Notification of deaths
A. All law enforcement officers and other state and county officials shall cooperate with the Chief Medical Examiner and all other medical examiners in making investigations required pursuant to the provisions of Sections 931 through 954 of this title. The officials and the physician in attendance of the deceased, or other persons when the deceased was unattended by a physician, shall promptly notify the medical examiner of the occurrence of all deaths coming to their attention which, pursuant to the provisions of Sections 931 through 954 of this title, are subject to investigation, and shall assist in making dead bodies and related evidence available for investigation.
Subject to the provisions of Sections 931 through 954 of this title, bodies shall not be disturbed until authorized by the Chief Medical Examiner or his or her designee and the representative of any law enforcement agency which has begun an investigation of the cause of death. The authorization may be given by telephone. Nothing in Sections 931 through 954 of this title shall prevent the district attorney, or his or her designee, or the responding law enforcement officer from authorizing the removal of a body when the removal is determined to be in the public interest and conditions at the scene are adequately documented and preserved by photographs and measurements.
B. The death of any patient, inmate, ward, or veteran in a state hospital or other institution shall be reported by the chief administrative officer of the hospital or institution or his or her designee to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at the time of the death and prior to release of the body.
1. Within thirty-six (36) hours, a written report shall be submitted and shall be accompanied by true and correct copies of all medical records of the hospital or institution concerning the deceased patient.
2. The Chief Medical Examiner shall have the authority to require production of any records, documents, or equipment or other items regarding the deceased patient deemed necessary to investigate the death.

Credits

Laws 1961, p. 606, § 10, eff. Jan. 2, 1962; Laws 1972, c. 246, § 9, emerg. eff. April 7, 1972; Laws 1978, c. 114, § 1, emerg. eff. March 31, 1978; Laws 1980, c. 178, § 1, emerg. eff. May 14, 1980; Laws 1984, c. 36, § 1, emerg. eff. March 28, 1984; Laws 1988, c. 326, § 34, emerg. eff. July 13, 1988; Laws 2014, c. 293, § 8, eff. Nov. 1, 2014; Laws 2022, c. 176, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2022.
63 Okl. St. Ann. § 940, OK ST T. 63 § 940
Current with legislation of the Second Regular Session of the 59th Legislature (2024). Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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