EVALUATION OF TISSUE POSTMORTEM LACTATES IN ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION USING AN ANIMAL MODEL

Authors
  1. McBurney, L.J.
  2. Watson, W.J.
  3. Radomski, M.W.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
It has been suggested by others that postmortem lactate concentrations in tissues of aircraft accident victims can provide valuable information about the premortem state of the individual. To test this hypothesis, an animal model system (rat) was established to simulate the field situation, incorporating the following operational variables: postmortem time of tissue collection, temperature at accident site, and time of last food intake. A control tissue profile (liver, brain, kidney, spleen, skeletal muscle, heart) of postmortem lactates from normal animals was established. All of the variables tested were found to affect the final postmortem lactate levels. Tissue postmortem lactates from animals which were in a state of hypoxia or fear at death, were then compared to the standard profile.
Report Number
RP-1016 — Research Paper
Date of publication
01 Jan 1974
Number of Pages
5
Reprinted from
Aerospace Medicine, vol 45, no 8, 1974, p 883-887
DSTKIM No
75-01143
CANDIS No
24808
Format(s):
Hardcopy

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