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Family-consented autopsy video organized into an interactive teaching database.
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Each autopsy is divided into 3-5 minute video parts. These can be watched in order to view the entire case. Or, accessed via the search function, Body Map or History for specific content of interest, case comparisons, or focused anatomic/pathologic studies.
The Anatomy Panel is a growing collection of selected videos which pause to highlight anatomy using numbers and pointers. Each number identifies an anatomic structure listed to the right of the video. This functions like “anatomy pins” found in a cadaver lab.
Cases with digital anatomy pins can be found by selecting “Anatomy Panel” under the top “Features” menu; or by clicking here.
-Search by Case, Body System or Search Term.
-The first (top) search box lists institutional content for site contributors. This function is in development.
-The second search box (“Cases”) lists cases (Case 1, Case 2, etc.).
-The third search box (“Body System”) lists body system (Cardiovascular, Endocrine, etc.).
-The fourth (bottom) search box allows use of specific search terms (“Superior vena cava,” “hyoid bone,” etc.).
-Search for anatomy within a case or compare anatomy across cases.
You may search for a finding within a case. Or, you may compare one findings across cases. For example, when you search by case and select Case 1 and then add the search term “right coronary a.,” you will select videos from Case 1 that show the right coronary a.. If you do not select by case and simply enter search term “right coronary a.,” you will select videos from all cases that show the right coronary a..
-Search for isolated anatomic structures or anatomic relationships.
More than one search term can be entered in the search term box to refine or expand your video access. For example, entering “superior vena cava, inferior vena cava, atrium” will show video including all these structures.
If this happens, the following are possibilities:
-The term may be listed under different language or spelling. Please try your term in singular or plural (“lung” or “lungs”). Or try an alternate term (“cardiac” or “heart”).
-Our cases may not yet contain the anatomy or pathology you are looking for. The library archiving function is growing and we appreciate your input and questions. Please feel free to check with us to see if we can help find what your are looking for.
Yes. Each video has a “What’s inside” list of search terms. Feel free to view the list before playing the video in addition to using the search function. This can help you know if the video is partly or mostly about the topic you’re interested in. The case image also provides information. Often, you can tell if we’re working on the external exam, general opening, organ block or individual organs.
There are several ways to access video.
-Select “My Account” from the top menu after logging in.
-Click “Sign up or Login” below the this image:
-(You only need to login once at the start of any session.)
Yes. You may find our tutorials here.
Subscriptions and Billing
Please contact us. We will assist you.
-Select “My Account” from the top menu.
-Select “My Subscription” from the right column.
-View your subscription details.
-Click the grey box at the bottom that says “Cancel.”
-Your subscription will cancel and you will not be billed again.
-You will still have access for the full length of the subscription you paid for. You just won’t be billed again and your subscription will not renew.
Yes. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your needs.
The GoLive subscription provides access only to live streams and live events.
-The order is your record of payment.
-Your subscription is the plan you paid for.
-Your membership is the content on the the site your subscription plan grants you.
It’s confusing. If you cancel your subscription early, your membership will continue for the full length you paid for and you will still have access for the the full length you paid for.
No. The site uses the secure, third-party payment platforms, PayPal and Stripe. We never see your credit card information, do not access your credit card information and cannot access your credit card information.
Tech & Site Use
You may log in to one device only. The site allows only one device access per user. Please contact us if you wish to set up multiple-device or institutional access.
You may only log in to one browser. The site allows only one browser access per user.
Videos are blurred at certain points to prevent exposure of patient identifiers that may appear during a case (labels, name tags, tattoos, etc.).
Yes. Most videos have English closed captions. And all of them will. Turn on closed captions by clicking “CC” in lower right of video. Use for quiet viewing without sound or to assist with audio. Audio can be variable due to site circumstances (background noise, physician use of fume mask, etc.).
Yes. Most videos have foreign language subtitles. And all of them will. Turn on subtitles by clicking “CC” in lower right of video and selecting a language. Current subtitles are in Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic. Please let us know if you wish to suggest specific language for subtitles and we can consider.
More about our video
Interactive video is a duplicate copy of a video that you can edit. You may mark the video and add a note to the marker. Your note appears in a column on the right. Clicking on the note jumps to the marker in the video. Please see our Tutorials.
-Select “My Account” from top menu
-Click the “Login or Sign Up” link at the bottom of the page.
-Sign in or set up account.
-Come back to Autopsy.Online and refresh your browser.
-Any notes or drawings will be saved on your interactive video.
Like live streaming, we only video-record cases when the legal next of kin authorizes video-recording. We do not make that choice. The patient’s and family’s privacy and confidentiality are our priority. The case will not be video-recorded without consent. We typically ask the family during the consent process if they wish to video-record for education. For some cases, we will not make the request (for example, cases under criminal investigation or children).
If we are video-recording and live streaming at the same time, we prepare the body before video-recording by covering the face, written identifiers (name tags and case numbers) and other visual identifiers (tatoos). During the case we do not disclose case identifiers (patient name, age, unique case details). The case facility and location are not disclosed. If we are video recording but not live streaming, we edit the video after the case and before publication to remove any case identifiers.
As with live streaming, families who want to participate in health education or believe their loved one valued health education have chosen to video-record the case for education. Other families who have not been able to participate in organ donation have sought video recording for educational purposes as an alternative to “make a difference” for the future. Every family is different and chooses for reasons unique to them.
Our video recordings are open to all subscribers. At times, we share clips with the general public.
No. There is no cost to the family to video record for education.
Yes, in some cases. Please contact us to see if it is possible to make this arrangement. You will need to complete a consent. And we will need to make sure the logistics are feasible for any individual case. There is no cost to you to donate for video recording. We can also video record when the family requests an autopsy for another reason and then consents to video record for education. Learn more here.
Yes. You may establish a private Institutional Database or contribute generally to the site Library. Learn more here.
The Video Lab is a video processing service provided by Autopsy.Online. It serves to create uniformly high quality video content for the shared Library. Contributors may submit video footage to the Video Lab.
Yes. We encourage pathologists, surgeons and anatomists with access to unique anatomy to simply plant a video camera or strap on a GoPro and send us the file. (We will only share the content where you authorize — either into your private, Institutional Database or, at your request, our shared Library. It will not be shared with any third party.)
You do not need to have video skills, just an interest in sharing a video-donation gift from your patient. Focus on your work. We’ll do the rest through our Video Lab.
Autopsy.Online provides unique, intimate, “anatomically intelligent” editing for educational purposes. “Downtime” — pauses, phone calls, camera positioning — and set-up will be edited out. Please view examples of our work on the home page or inside the site.
Like any lab specimen, “pre-analytic variables” can impact the quality of the test result. In the case of video you can take these steps before recording, while, of course, always keeping in mind the patient comfort and dignity.
Point the camera at the area of interaction. This sounds basic, but can help. You do not need to include the whole body in video field. And you do not need to include the table in the image. Focus on where your hands touch the body. This will happen naturally if you are wearing a GoPro. If you are using a stationary camera, make sure you position it so that the visual field covers any anatomy your hands will touch. Wider views can be useful for context, but we’ll leave the creativity up to you.
Important: Cover patient identifiers.
The means placing a towel over the face (if the patient is deceased) or a barrier between the face the surgical site, if possible, during a live procedure ***and only if that fits for your operative management and your standard practices for care of your patient ***. Cover tattoos and written identifiers (for example by draping or wrapping in a towel).
Important: Be careful about audio patient identifiers.
If possible, keep patient identifers out of audio discussions — but, as always, the patient is your priority, so take care of your case as you normally would and as is comfortable. We can always edit audio and video.
The decision is somewhat subjective and completely at the discretion of Autopsy.Online.
A video submitted to the Library may be rejected because of factors unrelated to your video (for example, the site may already have many videos showing a similar finding).
For both the Library and your Institutional database, we do not allow showing of patient identifiers (face, tattoos, name tags, audio identifiers, etc.). If you are submitting to your private Institutional database and do not request our editing, and your video has patient identifiers, it will be rejected. While the Institutional database is viewable only to you, the site overall guarantees we protect patient confidentiality everywhere.
If you have a video demonstrating facial anatomy, please talk to us to see if we can make special arrangements. It will likely require documentation that specific patient consent has been obtained for what you want to show.
If you are submitting for your private Institutional database and have not requested editing, it’s best not to submit the video. It will be rejected.
If you are submitting to the Library or your private Institutional database (with editing), we will catch the identifier and edit it out. We are skilled and experienced at keeping patient confidentiality. If you are aware of where in the video the patient identifier was exposed, we appreciate you dropping us a note so we can get right to it and remove it.
If you submit video repeatedly with multiple exposed patient identifiers, you will receive a warning and a follow-up trial period. If you are unable to provide video free of identifiers, we may no longer accept your video for consideration.
If you routinely work on a part of the body that identifies the patient (e.g. facial surgery), please talk to us to see if we can make an exception. Your work is valuable and we appreciate it. Our commitment to patient confidentiality, however, is greater than our educational goals. Let’s be sure to work together on this. See also (5., above).
Live streaming is video broadcasting of the autopsy in real-time while we do the case. During live streaming, we interact with the viewers by taking on-line questions and answering them live during the case.
You will receive an email notice as soon as we know we are live streaming. This may be a day before the event or minutes before the event. It depends on when we receive written authorization from the legal next of kin.
-Go to the Live Stream page to access a event.
We don’t know. A lot of things need to coordinate for a live event to happen: A person has to die, the family has to request an autopsy, we have to agree to do the autopsy, the family has to consent to live streaming and the case location has to have working internet access.
No. We live stream when we can and only if the family consents.
We may end the case early or even after a few minutes for many reasons. For example: we may need to focus on the case for technical reasons; we may need to protect the confidentiality of the patient; or internet access at the particular location does not allow for adequate streaming. While we make every effort to complete the case, we use our judgement and keep the family and case first.
We do not guarantee that any event will be streamable. We perform many of our cases in community locations outside our Center and are dependent on that location’s internet access.
We go dark (turn off visual and, often, audio), when we need to protect the patient confidentiality. We cannot stream the visual at that time. Examples would be during case photography (when we use a patient name and case number label) or when we need to expose tattoos. The patient and family are always the priority and the live streaming comes second. Thank you for understanding.
More about Live Streaming
We only live stream cases when the legal next of kin authorizes live streaming. We do not make that choice. The patient’s and family’s privacy and confidentiality are our priority. The case will not be live streamed without consent. We typically ask the family during the consent process if they wish to live stream. For some cases, we will not make the request (for example, cases under criminal investigation or children).
We prepare the body before the live stream by covering the face, written identifiers (name tags and case numbers) and other visual identifiers (tatoos). During the case we do not disclose case identifiers (patient name, age, unique case details). The case facility and location are not disclosed.
Families who want to participate in health education or believe their loved one valued health education have chosen to live stream the cases. Other families who have not been able to participate in organ donation have sought live streaming as an alternative to “make a difference” for the future. Every family is different and chooses for reasons unique to them.
Live stream is open to all subscribers.
No. There is no cost to the family to live stream.
Yes, in some cases. Please contact us to see if it is possible to make this arrangement. You will need to complete a consent. And we will need to make sure the logistics are feasible for any individual case. There is no cost to you to donate for live streaming. We can also live stream when the family requests an autopsy for another reason and then, in addition, consents to live stream. Learn more about donating for video education.
Live streaming is live video broadcast of an autopsy to the general public. It includes interactive Q & A. Live from the Morgue is Autopsy Center of Chicago’s structured high school event using archived autopsy footage. It includes a workbook, social worker involvement and live Q & A with students during the event.