Jeanne Pfeiffer, BSN, RN, MPH, CIC
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota
School of Nursing
Postmortem care is an evolving specialty that needs to be performed within the framework of preparing for a possible investigation into the cause of death. The initial handling of the deceased is dictated by state and local regulations that determine whether the death is considered to be caused by natural causes or by unexplained circumstances that require further investigation by autopsy. If an autopsy is required, protocol will need to be carefully followed in order not to destroy evidence that will be used during an investigation. This chapter describes protocol to be followed for patients who expire while under medical care, references procedures that can place staff at risk for occupational exposure, and outlines considerations for handling the decedents from mass casualties.
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