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Mortuary Response to VHF - 6 How to Transport the Body

The transportation crew to the burial site or wherever chosen per agreed protocol must be under the same CPC/PPE (Chemical Protective Clothing/Personal Protective Equipment) that all the other HCW (Health Care Workers) are following. Depending on the situation, country, etc., bodies will be transported. Be advised, CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends the procedure to NOT store bodies for ancillary reasons. This idea will increase the possibility of cross-contamination and continued pandemic. BODIES should be buried or incinerated as soon as possible ASAP!

Once this decision has been made, transport the body to the burial site ASAP. Assure you have some kind of documentation, or accompanying HCW to assure safety decontamination protocols have been followed on the journey to the burial site. Plan the shortest route for security and disease transmission possibility through accidental contact.

HCW who may be onsite working as burial teams, MUST also follow VHF/CPC protocols mentioned above as they will be unloading and burying the victims. There should be onboard the transport vehicle sufficient volumes of the 1:10 spray solution in spray bottles for accidental contact.

If your team is using transport vehicles where the driver is isolated from VHF contact due to the design of the vehicle, they may not where VHF protocol CPC. However, at NO TIME may they be exposed to VHF bodies in any way, shape, or form. If this SOP can be used for your specific vehicles nature, it does free up personnel from transport needs. Re-used drivers will need relief every 4-8 hours, if possible.

After the first load of bodies have been delivered, have the burial Team use the 1:10 solution spray to clean the bodies transport vehicle. Pick-up trucks are a good vehicle for this type of work as they are easily cleaned by HCW or burial team member. If there are multiple vehicles involved, a route, time frame, expected arrival and drop-off time all need to be coordinated and planed. If possible, portable radio communication between vehicles and burial/transport team coordinator is the best way to accomplish these goals. Always think portable communications when searching for accountability needs.

                     Haz Mat Mike

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