The Forensic Medicine Centers General Department
Achievements

 Forensic medicine is a special service provided by the Ministry of Health (MOH) for the security authorities entitled to investigation of criminal and suspected deaths, as well as the physical and sexual abuse of the living people, let alone considering the cases that have to do with medical errors. The Forensic Medicine Centers General Department takes up the technical follow-up of the performance of 20 forensic medicine centers, in addition to 19 forensic health bodies, disseminated throughout the Kingdom's regions and provinces, with the aim of considering the cases related to medical errors. Following are some of the Department's achievements:

  • Preparing a strategic plan for the Forensic Medicine Centers General Department, in concordance with the MOH's strategic plan, as well as its organizational structure, vision, mission, and objectives, in addition to determining the Department's projects to be implemented over the forthcoming five years.
  •  Cooperating with the departments of projects, engineering affairs and equipment to embark on the project of developing and establishing forensic medicine centers in the Kingdom. To that end, the Forensic Medicine Centers General Department has issued a guide determining the approximate requirements for establishing these centers, as well as the equipment and medical supply. That is to be added to determining the key performance indicators (KPIs) of forensic professionals in the Kingdom's various regions and provinces.
  •  In 1424H, the Forensic Medicine Centers General Department, in collaboration with the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS), along with the other competent authorities, has started using the Saudi Competence Certificate for forensic medicine, preparing the training curricula, and selecting accredited training centers, with the aim of qualifying the forensic medicine staff so as to be support this pivotal sector. The number of Saudi forensic medicine doctors has amounted in 1434H to 24 (7 male consultants, 1 female consultant, 13 male specialists and 3 female specialists), after it had been only two Saudi forensic medicine doctors in 1424H (one consultant and one specialist).
  •  The Forensic Medicine Centers General Department, in collaboration with the Training and Scholarships General Department, has organized six training courses, accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS) in the field of forensic medicine, as well as in medical errors. Each course was attended by 40, as shown in the following table:

 

Course​ Venue​ Time​
Preparing and filling in statistical reports related to the medical errors before the Saudi forensic medicine bodies, according to the forms prepared for that purpose.​ Riyadh​ 15/5/1434H​
Study of medical errors cases​ Riyadh ​ 21/6/1434H​
First Symposium on Forensic Medicine​ Riyadh​ 27/10/1434H​
Second Symposium on Forensic Medicine​ Riyadh​ 28/10/1434H​
Technical principles of determining the time of death​ Riyadh​ 11/11/1434H​
Examining victims of sexual assault​ Riyadh​ 25-26/11/1434H​
 

 

  •  The Forensic Medicine Centers General Department has ensured 33 SUV modern cars for forensic medicine centers (two cars for each region, and one care for each province).
  • The Forensic Medicine Centers General Department, in collaboration with the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) General Department, has put forth a requirement document for developing a software for forensic medicine centers, and another software for the forensic health bodies. Underway is laying the programming foundations of the two applications by the ICT General Department.
  •  The Forensic Medicine Centers General Department has prepared an all-inclusive guide on the QA at forensic medicine centers. And in cooperation with the QA General Department and Riyadh Forensic Medicine Center, the guide will be updated and modified in accordance with the relevant national and international standards.
  •  A specialized IT company has been entrusted by the MOH to establish a local network for this department, to be connected with the MOH's network. Underway is work on this network.
  • Developing the work of forensic health bodies throughout the Kingdom, by means of increasing their number, with a view to expediting the disposition of medical errors cases. To that end, a new forensic health body has been created in al-Baha Region.
  •  Enthusiastically participating in the Toxins and Drugs Master's Degree Program in Naif Arab University for Security Sciences. This participation comes in the form of teaching the forensic medicine curriculum to the program's students by the Department's Consultant Forensics.
  • Effectively participating in the Scientific Committee for Chemical Safety (a scientific, advisory committee). The committee is done with field visits, and is now working on formulating recommendations.
  •  Reinforcing the Forensic Medicine Center, opened last year in al-Qunfudah Province, with another coroner (forensic doctor), in addition to the coroner already working there. Besides, work is underway by leaps and bounds to open a new forensic medicine center in Bisha Province, aside from hiring another corner to replace the sacked one, in preparation for opening the new center.
  •   Effectively contributing to the development of the Saudi Forensic Fellowship Program, which grants the Saudi Specialty Certificate in Forensic Medicine, which is equivalent to a PhD. A number of 15 new Saudi doctors (10 males and 5 females) have been recently accepted into the Program, for the year (1433-1434H). Thus, the number of all Saudi doctors studying at the various phases of the Program amounts to51. This year, Allah willing, will witness the graduation of the second group of doctors, as it is expected that 3 new doctors will graduate, so as to reinforce the Saudization of forensic work in the Kingdom.
  •  Conducting a study on supporting the Kingdom's forensic medicine centers with 'Rape Kits', to help examine sexual rape cases. Currently, an offer to ensure these kits through competition is being considered by the Offers Consideration Committee.
  • Conducting a feasibility study to supply the forensic medicine centers (A-class) with all the technical equipment necessary for virtual autopsy, by imaging the corpse through CT-scan devices, and utilizing the 3D technology, and the other technologies and applications developed for this purpose, leading up to a conception as to the nature and place of injury, as well as the internal injuries. This is another approach to identifying the reason for and nature of death, which, though, does not replace the normal anatomy conducted by the coroner.
  • Continuing to support the forensic medicine centers in Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah and Abha with female coroners (both Saudis and expats) to work at the sexual rape clinics, in addition to the expansion of such clinics to cover all the forensic medicine centers throughout the Kingdom.
  •  The Forensic Medicine Centers General Department issued a scientific statistic descriptive study on the suicide cases that have been investigated by the forensic medicine centers in KSA over the years 1429-1433H.
  •  The Forensic Medicine Centers General Department issued a statistical study on the cases in which the forensic medicine centers came up with certain judgments against private sector hospitals, dispensaries and clinics and their staff during 1433H.  
  •  Working to develop research work by continuing to conduct extensive research on the phenomenon of suicide occurring in the Kingdom, as well as scientific research on deaths caused by firearms in the Kingdom.
  •  Issuing the book entitled: The Annual Report of the Work of Forensic Bodies in KSA – 1433H, for the tenth consecutive year.
  •  Issuing the book entitled: The Annual Report of the Work of Forensic Centers in KSA – 1433H, for the tenth consecutive year.
  •  Updating the plan put forth by the Ministry of Health for developing and establishing forensic medicine centers, and determining the standards of practicing forensic medicine according to the updated plan throughout the various regions and provinces.
  • Organizing training courses in the field of forensic medicine and medical errors, in collaboration with the Training and Scholarships General Department.
  • The Forensic Medicine Centers General Department has prepared the theoretical and practical curricula of the training and educational programs for the forensic technicians (nine months each), aiming at training nurses and surgical technicians on the forensic work, in order to benefit from their expertise at the Kingdom's forensic medicine centers after the course. The course has been accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS), and will be attended by 50 trainees. Underway is the completion of the necessary procedures for organizing the course, in cooperation with the Training and Scholarships General Department.
  •  Creating a database for the forensic reports issued by the Kingdom's forensic medicine centers over the year 1434H, for the ninth consecutive year, and continuing the digital archiving of forensic reports for the year 1434H, for the ninth consecutive year as well.
  • Effectively participating in the committees that set the rules and systemic regulations regarding the implementation of Al-Qisas (Law of Retaliation) for what is less than killing.
  •  Effectively participating in the committees that regulate the rules of forensic medicine allowances for those working in blood banks and laboratories that receive forensics samples.
  •  Continuing to issue new circulars toward the development of the forensic work in the Kingdom, as well as updating many of the old ones.
  •  Conducting statistical studies on the needs of the various areas for forensic health bodies, and developing future plans for introducing new forensic bodies in areas of need, according to a systematic plan taking into account meeting the requirements of the formation of these bodies.
  •  Continuing to support the forensic medicine centers in Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah and Abah with female coroners (both Saudis and expats), to cover the work of sexual assault examination clinics, and working to increase the number of such clinics to cover all forensic medicine centers.
  • Hiring a number of coroners of both genders with the aim of raising the quality of the forensic service in the forensic centers all over the Kingdom, and to cover the shortfall of specialist forensic doctors in a number of centers.

 

 

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