Sudden death can occur even in hospitals or clinics. It is important to accurately determine whether the death should be attributed to medical malpractice or unpredictable circumstances. Determining the cause of death also contributes to the improvement of medical safety measures which then prevent unfavorable outcomes for patients in the future. From October 2015, directors of all hospitals or clinics in Japan are obliged to report unexpected deaths to the Center of Medical Safety Promotion under the revised Medical Service Law. Furthermore, they have to establish a Domestic Investigating Committee to investigate the cause and circumstances of the death of the patient as well as the relationship between the death and medical intervention. Therefore, for the physicians, standardized and acceptable procedures for handling the sudden death of inpatients need to be implemented.
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