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Review CDC guidance for handling human remains as surge continues

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, March 18, 2021

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The CDC offers this guidance for the handling of COVID-19 patients postmortem. You can find the information online at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-postmortem-specimens.html#human-remains.

Handling and transportation of human remains

From the CDC:

“The risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 virus from human remains outside of the autopsy setting is low; however, use standard precautions, including additional PPE if splashing of fluids is expected when handling and transporting human remains.

“Combination of PPE that should be used:

  • Long-sleeved fluid-resistant or impermeable gown
  • Plastic face shield or a surgical mask and goggles
  • Nonsterile, nitrile gloves
  • Heavy duty gloves over nitrile gloves if there is a risk for cuts, puncture, and penetration of the skin
  • NIOSH-approved N95 respirator or higher if there is a risk of aerosols generation while handling human remains

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