COVID-19 Procedure: Procedures for Handling Bodies of Deceased Suspected or Confirmed Patients:

COVID-19 Procedure: Procedures for Handling Bodies of Deceased Suspected or Confirmed Patients

This process template is part of our COVID-19 Procedures pack. 

It is built as a reproduction of the procedures outlined in the Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment (2020) produced by The First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine (FAHZU). 

FAHZU had great success in combatting the novel Coronavirus COVID-19 and this handbook outlines best-practices, procedures, and useful charts for hospitals and medical centers to practically employ. 

The items contained within the handbook were compiled according to clinical experience. 

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Staff Personal Protective Equipment:

Ensure staff is fully protected

Ensure staff is fully protected by wearing work clothes, disposable surgical caps, disposable gloves and thick rubber gloves with long sleeves, medical disposable protective clothing, medical protective masks (N95) or powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs), protective face shields, work shoes or rubber boots, waterproof boot covers, waterproof aprons or waterproof isolation gowns, etc.

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    Work clothes
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    Disposable surgical caps
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    Disposable gloves
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    Thick rubber gloves with long sleeves
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    Medical disposable protective clothing
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    Medical protective masks (N95) or powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs)
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    Protective face shields
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    Work shoes or rubber boots
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    Waterproof boot covers
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    Waterproof aprons
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    Waterproof isolation gowns

Corpse Care:

Fill all openings or wounds the patient may have

Fill all openings or wounds the patient may have, such as mouth, nose, ears, anus and tracheotomy openings, by using cotton balls or gauze dipped in 3000-5000 mg/L chlorine-containing disinfectant or 0.5% peroxyacetic acid.

Wrap the corpse with a double-layer cloth sheet soaked with disinfectant

Pack it into a double-layer, sealed, leak-proof corpse wrapping sheet soaked with chlorine containing disinfectant

Transfer the body to the isolation ward of the hospital using designated elevator

The body shall be transferred by the staff in the isolation ward of the hospital via the contaminated area to the special elevator, out of the ward.

Transport body to a specified location for cremation

The body should be directly transported to a specified location for cremation by a special vehicle as soon as possible.

Perform final disinfection of the ward and the elevator

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