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Proper Handling and Disposal of Dead Bodies

Dead body handling and disposal

All dead bodies are potentially infectious and standard precautions should be implemented for every case. Although most organisms in the dead body are unlikely to infect healthy persons, some infectious agents may be transmitted when workers are in close contact with blood, body fluids and tissues of dead body of person with infectious diseases. To minimize the risks of transmission of known and also unsuspected infectious diseases, dead bodies should be handled in such a way that workers’ exposure to blood, body fluids and tissues is reduced. A rational approach should include staff training and education, safe working environment, appropriate work practices, the use of recommended safety devices and vaccination against hepatitis B. - Precautions for Handling and Disposal of Dead Bodies, 10th Edition.