Monday, November 14, 2005

Doctor training is being undermined
by a lack of dead bodies to study

BBC NEWS | Health | Medical training 'bodies threat'

In Canada can a reasonably responsible citizen,
Ontario citizen that is, reconcile this autopsy consent -

I am the legal custodian of the body of the late _________________________________
and hereby authorize the representatives of the hospital to conduct a post mortem examination of the body of the said deceased and of its tissues. In accordance with the Human Tissues Gift Act. 1971. I hereby also give consent for the retention of such organs as are considered appropriate for medical education, scientific research and therapeutic purposes.

With this autopsy protocol?

The protocol is as follows:

1. Following the completion of the autopsy any tissue which is not retained for further gross and microscopic evaluation is returned to the body.

2. Retained organs are kept until the report of the post-mortem examination is complete (usually approximately 3 to 4 months). At this time those organs are incinerated.

3. Small representative tissue sections of each organ are kept for a period of one year. The tissue is subsequently incinerated.

4. Rarely, organs which demonstrate unusual or particularly striking pathology are kept on the long term within our department and are used for teaching purposes.

In case you are misiterpreting "incinerated" with "cremated" a request for clarification will eleborate that the organs would be incinerated with used surgical sponges and other medical waste. Respect?

I wonder if this is why donations are decreasing?

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