Housed in the medical college building of Vydehi Medical Institute all physical requirements consisting of office room, record keeping facility, offices for personnel, library, museum, research laboratory and mortuary are all available. Classrooms and lecture theatres with audiovisual facility are shared.
The department has adequate, modern equipment and teaching/learning aids available for autopsy work, embalming & storage of dead bodies, teaching/learning activities as well as for research work.
The Mortuary consists of a 1000 Sq meter area which has:
1. Automatic exhaust and cold storage facilities
2. Closed Circuit TV camera
3. Four tables with side dissection table each
4. Automatic dead body weighing machine
5. Embalming Machine & Oscillating Saw. The department has all these in addition to all other general equipments for any mortuary work
The Research Laboratory consists of all general instruments for preservation , processing of tissues. It also has an Autoclave, hot air oven, water bath, and microscopes.
The Department has a collection of more than 600 plus bones, X ray plates, osteometric boards & other tools for MBBS /PG teaching.
There has been a slow and steady increase in the autopsies conducted. The number of autopsies conducted in the year 2011 is 193, in 2012 is 233, in 2013 is 251, in 2014 is 291, in 2015 is 274, in 2016 is 264, in 2017 is 333, in 2018 is 443, in 2019 is 485, in 2020 is 487, in 2021 is 401
A special area is assigned to the Clinical Forensic Medicine in the Department. Approximately 20-40 cases are handled yearly. Clinical Forensic medical cases conducted in the year 2016 are 19, in 2017 are 19. In the year 2018- 22 cases, in the year 2019-40 cases, in the year 2020-22 cases, in the year 2021- 20 cases.
The department also conducts Clinical Forensic work like. Age estimation, examination of Sexual assault cases, DNA sample collection as required by the police / Court are examined. Advice is given to EMD staff and CMOs as and when required in medicolegal cases of RTA, Assault, Poisoning, Fall, Work Place injury, Burns, Electrocution, Rape / Sexual assault, Hanging, Kidnap, Drunkenness, Others
The Institution regularly organizes seminars, debates, guest lectures and visits to the crime scenes.
In 2019 a mock court room was started. It has all the necessary facilities for practicing a court room session. The walls also have informative charts regarding the same
There is a department library housed in the first floor. Museum in practical hall is also there in addition to the centralized museum,
Osteometric board, view box, calipers, microscopes are there for practical exercises
Live streamed Video demonstration of autopsy is there which is possible to be viewed from the practical hall.
The mortuary also handles storage of Non MLC dead bodies including embalming services. Cold storage facility is extended even to outside hospital deaths subject to availability of cold storage units. During Covid Pandemic department handled / coordinated all the covid deaths for cold storage, relatives viewing, cremation / burial through BBMP and revenue authorities both within the State and outside the State.
The museum at the Forensic Department houses the following
The Forensic Medicine Museum consists of more than 500 photographs , charts , more than 200 wet specimens , bones/skeletons , clay models & various toxicology specimens as well as firearm specimens and weapons . These are all arranged in jars, glass cases & cupboards.
25 sets of catalogues are also there for students and faculty to refer.
|Heart with Aorta||04||Lungs||15|
|Sternum||04||Trachea with soot||01|
|Neck Structures||05||Umbilical cord||01|
|Degloving Plants||02||Skin with tattoo||03|
|Non Human – one complete set of Monkey Skeleton, Two complete sets of human skeleton|
|Whole Skull||11||Skull Vault||14|
|Ribs/ Tarsals / Carpals/ Metacarpal / Metatarsal / Phalenges||300|
|Sharp Cutting light weapons||12||Ligature Material||7|
|Pistol||2||Sharp cutting heavy weapons||6|
|Alcohols||14||(Snake – 11, Scorpion – 6, Bee – 1, Bat – 1)||19|
|Ethics / Negligence||05||Toxicology||106|
|Road Traffic Injuries||33||Homicidal Injuries||27|
|Thermal Injuries||38||Mechanical Injuries||108|
|Full case profile mounted on felt boards||21|
|Skull with jaw||31||Shoulder Joint||08|
|Ankle Joint with foot||10||Clavicle||07|