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Arkansas manual of death certificate procedures

Arkansas manual of death certificate procedures – http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programsServices/certificatesVitalRecords/Documents/Death%20Records/reporting_cause_of_death_manual.doc (Site currently down as of 9/11/17)

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • How long does a doctor have in Arkansas to complete a death certificate?
  • What medical information should be excluded from a death certificate?
  • What’s the difference between immediate and underlying causes of death?
  • Why is organ failure not an acceptable cause of death in Arkansas?
  • What special information ought to be entered on a death certificate if the deceased was female?


This 29 page guide offers information on filling out a death certificate in Arkansas. It is notable for having a section called “Information for worried certifiers” which says the only reason to worry is if you’re being asked to sign a blank death certificate. Covers the use of qualifiers like “probably, likely, etc”


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