Byrne-Dugan, C., Cederroth, T., Deshpande, A., and Remick, D. (2014). The Processing of Surgical Specimens With Forensic Evidence: Lessons Learned From the Boston Marathon Bombings. Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Online. (Epub ahead of print.).
Pathology departments throughout the Boston area received amputated limbs and other specimens from trauma surgeries, which were not accompanied by clear examination guidelines. The authors of this study developed a protocol (reviewed and approved by experts in forensic evidence collection) that can be used by pathology departments in the aftermath of a disaster.