BiO HAZARD EMBALMING
WHY ARE FUNERAL DIRECTORS AT RISK OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES?
There are about 600,000 deaths reported each year in the UK and up to 70% of deceased are embalmed, more in urban than rural areas . The main job of a funeral director is to arrange for the disposal of the body of the deceased person whilst an embalmer uses chemicals to prevent any danger to public health (sanitation), to retard the process of decay (presentation) and to restore a more life-
WHAT IS AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE?
Infection is a ‘pathological process which involves damaging of the body tissues by micro-
• Inhalation – Where airborne aerosols or droplets contaminated with micro-
• Mucocutaneous – Direct contact of micro-
• Percutaneous – This is when organisms penetrate through intact skin, for example, by a needle stick injury.
• Ingestion – Where micro-
The main job of a funeral director is to arrange for the safe disposal of the body of a deceased person. Embalming can be undertaken to help preserve the body and prevent the spread of infection both before and after burial. In order to do this the embalming fluids used must be effective disinfectants against virulent organisms.
Due to the very nature of your work, funeral directors may come into contact with potentially infectious deceased cases, with transmission of infectious agents being possible via several routes of exposure.
GT EMBALMING AND BIO HAZARD
How can we help you?
From time to time you may be presented with circumstances that require specialized treatment for infectious or infectious repatriation cases.
Badly decomposing bodies, trauma cases, frozen and drowned bodies, and those to be transported for long distances also require special treatment beyond that of the “normal” case.
At GT Embalming Service Limited we are proud to supply a team of embalmers able to assess the risk of infection and make recommendations to the care that is necessary for repatriation. Each embalming will be carried out to your client needs. You will receive a pre-