Postmortem and Other Forensic Toxicology

A Simplified Portfolio for Postmortem Toxicology

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Our basic offering of Drugs of Abuse and Alcohol (confirmed and quantitated).

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Our Basic package, plus a predefined selection of abused drugs (including bath salts) and therapeutic drugs or metabolites. All positive findings confirmed and quantitated.

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Our Expanded panel, plus a large scope of current novel psychoactive substances (NPS).

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Contains the largest current library of the most releveant drugs, metabolites, poisons, and toxins for comprehensive death investigation.  Includes case history evaluation and guidance by a leading NMS Labs Toxicologist. Specimen collection kit is optimized for accuracy of analyte detection.

Important note regarding Motor Vehicle Accident cases: To improve the interpretation of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) results to exclude the possibility of contamination, positive blood ethanol results in motor vehicle accident (MVA) fatalities should be verified by analysis on a secondary specimen, notably vitreous humor, if this specimen is supplied to NMS Labs. Potential sources of contamination in MVAs may include physical (external) contamination and inhalation of fluids from the engine compartment that contain ethanol or from internal contamination from rupture of a section of the individual’s gastrointestinal tract and/or laceration of the liver during the MVA. We feel strongly that confirmation of the presence of blood ethanol in MVAs through testing in a vitreous specimen is a scientifically sound and prudent process and is recommended by NMS Labs. An additional fee may apply.

Dr. Robert Middleberg provides guidance on postmortem sample collection, including proper use of NMS Labs' postmortem kits.

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Ketoacidosis Testing for Postmortem Cases

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NMS Labs is the only independent forensic facility in the nation to be certified by both the ABFT (American Board of Forensic Toxicology) and ANAB-ASCLD/LAB-International (ANSI/ASQ National Accreditation Board-American Society of Crime Lab Directors/Lab Accreditation Board ISO 17025). ISO 17025 accreditation covers the disciplines of Toxicology, DNA, serology and controlled substances. We diligently maintain and exceed the high standards set by these organizations, so that you can have the utmost confidence in your testing results.