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Review: The safe handling of a corpse (suspected) with COVID-19.
J Forensic Leg Med. 2020 Jul; 73:101999.JF

Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Countries around the world are confronted with a rising count of patients that die from COVID-19. Up to this date, there is no scientific evidence that proves that a COVID-19 corpse is still infectious. Different guidelines are being followed worldwide on how to deal with a COVID-19 positive corpse. The aim of this review is to compare different guidelines and literature on best practice for handling a COVID-19 positive corpse.

RESULTS

The guidelines vary greatly in the use of PPE's and other safety measures especially during autopsy. There is great variation in the use of disinfectant and its concentration. Also recommended funeral services and contact with relatives vary greatly.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, there is very limited scientific evidence on which the researched guidelines are based. It is unclear why some guidelines propose a "business as usual" attitude and others a "code-red" attitude. More scientific evidence is needed to substantiate the handling of COVID-19 positive corpses to make an educated decision on how to safely handle a COVID-19 positive corpse.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Maastricht University, Minderbroedersberg 4-6, 6211, LK, Maastricht, the Netherlands; GGD (Public Health Service) IJsselland, Zeven Alleetjes 1, 8011, CV, Zwolle, the Netherlands. Electronic address: l.dijkhuizen@ggdijsselland.nl.Maastricht University, Minderbroedersberg 4-6, 6211, LK, Maastricht, the Netherlands; GGD (Public Health Service) IJsselland, Zeven Alleetjes 1, 8011, CV, Zwolle, the Netherlands. Electronic address: tgelderman@hotmail.com.Maastricht University, Minderbroedersberg 4-6, 6211, LK, Maastricht, the Netherlands; GGD (Public Health Service) IJsselland, Zeven Alleetjes 1, 8011, CV, Zwolle, the Netherlands. Electronic address: Wilma.duijst@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32658757

Citation

Dijkhuizen, L G M., et al. "Review: the Safe Handling of a Corpse (suspected) With COVID-19." Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, vol. 73, 2020, p. 101999.
Dijkhuizen LGM, Gelderman HT, Duijst WLJM. Review: The safe handling of a corpse (suspected) with COVID-19. J Forensic Leg Med. 2020;73:101999.
Dijkhuizen, L. G. M., Gelderman, H. T., & Duijst, W. L. J. M. (2020). Review: The safe handling of a corpse (suspected) with COVID-19. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 73, 101999. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jflm.2020.101999
Dijkhuizen LGM, Gelderman HT, Duijst WLJM. Review: the Safe Handling of a Corpse (suspected) With COVID-19. J Forensic Leg Med. 2020;73:101999. PubMed PMID: 32658757.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Review: The safe handling of a corpse (suspected) with COVID-19. AU - Dijkhuizen,L G M, AU - Gelderman,H T, AU - Duijst,W L J M, Y1 - 2020/06/12/ PY - 2020/04/29/received PY - 2020/05/28/revised PY - 2020/06/07/accepted PY - 2020/7/14/entrez PY - 2020/7/14/pubmed PY - 2020/7/30/medline KW - After death KW - Cause of death KW - Corona KW - Coronavirus KW - Covid-19 KW - Death KW - Forensic medicine KW - Infectious KW - Infectious disease KW - New coronavirus KW - Post mortal KW - Post-mortal KW - Postmortem KW - Sars-Cov-2 SP - 101999 EP - 101999 JF - Journal of forensic and legal medicine JO - J Forensic Leg Med VL - 73 N2 - INTRODUCTION: Countries around the world are confronted with a rising count of patients that die from COVID-19. Up to this date, there is no scientific evidence that proves that a COVID-19 corpse is still infectious. Different guidelines are being followed worldwide on how to deal with a COVID-19 positive corpse. The aim of this review is to compare different guidelines and literature on best practice for handling a COVID-19 positive corpse. RESULTS: The guidelines vary greatly in the use of PPE's and other safety measures especially during autopsy. There is great variation in the use of disinfectant and its concentration. Also recommended funeral services and contact with relatives vary greatly. CONCLUSION: In conclusion, there is very limited scientific evidence on which the researched guidelines are based. It is unclear why some guidelines propose a "business as usual" attitude and others a "code-red" attitude. More scientific evidence is needed to substantiate the handling of COVID-19 positive corpses to make an educated decision on how to safely handle a COVID-19 positive corpse. SN - 1878-7487 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32658757/Review:_The_safe_handling_of_a_corpse__suspected__with_COVID_19_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1752-928X(20)30106-2 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -