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Biosafety Considerations for Autopsy

Kurt B. Nolte, MD; David G. Taylor, PhD; Jonathan Y. Richmond, PhD; The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, Vol 23, No 2; 4/2002

Categories: Drills, Reamers, Saws

Short Description: An autopsy may subject prosecutors and others to a wide variety of infectious agents, including blood borne and aerosolized pathogens such as human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B and C viruses, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Other hazards include toxic chemicals (e.g., formalin, cyanide, and organophosphates) and radiation from radionuclides used for patient therapy and diagnosis. These risks can be substantially mitigated through proper assessment, personal protective equipment, appropriate autopsy procedures, and facility design.

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