When we die, our death should be certified by a doctor. A death certificate, burial permit or a cremation certificate is therefore issued after confirmation
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In case the cause of the death is known, i.e. if the deceased had a terminal illness, the death certificate may be issued immediately. Nevertheless if he/she had been healthy and suddenly died, the family or the medical practitioner may request a postmortem.
As a show of respect, the deceased's body is often left for up to an hour. The following steps are then usually included in the protocol, but they may differ depending on an institution's preferred practises
11. Unless the deceased's family requests otherwise, all jewellery should be removed. If it is left on, it must be recorded in the deceased's property list.
10. Waterproof dressings should be applied to wounds, including pressure sores. To avoid leaking all the body openings are covered.
9.The patient is lying on his or her back, arms at their sides (unless religious customs demand otherwise). The eyelids are shut.
8. A pillow or cervical collar is often used to protect the jaw.
7. Dentures should be left in place unless they are deemed unacceptable.
6.The bladder is emptied by pressing on the lower abdomen. Only if there is evidence of bodily fluid leakage are orifices blocked.
5. After that, the body is washed and dried, the mouth is wiped, and the face is shaved.
4. An identification bracelet is placed around the patient's ankle, which includes the following information:The patient's name, date of birth, date and time of death, and the name of the ward (if the patient died in the hospital). identification number for the patient
3. Next, a pack of cotton wool is placed the throat and nose of the deceased to avoid the fluid draining/leaking. If the deceased does not have teeth, cotton is also placed around the mouth to reduce the scary look. The mouth can be sewed from inside to make it shut. Glue sometimes can be used though it may leave some white residue after it dries. The eyes are dried then half-moon plastic caps are placed under the lids to help them keep their shape, and a dab of Vaseline helps keep them closed. If the eyes are not dried, they may appear to be wet, which may be upsetting to the family.
2. The deceased's body is then dressed in a reasonable garment or tied in a blanket. A designation label outlining the above information is hooked to the wrap or shroud.
1. A stretcher drawsheet is put under the body to facilitate removal to a trolley for transport to the morgue. These trolleys may also be disguised as laundry carts if transport must travel through areas in which the public can be present.
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