[Histonet] One more system about returning tissue

From:"Rush, Joyce"

We are a Catholic hospital so some of our tissue handling is "Church" related.  We save all POC's and, when we have enough, take them to a local funeral director who cremates them.  The remains are placed on a gravesite which was purchased and maintained by the "Empty Arms Society."  If a family wants to make private arrangements for a POC they may do so but, must go through a licensed, funeral director.
Other requests are handled using CAP rules.  We offer pictures.  This has worked quite well and considerably cut down on handling difficult requests.  When push comes to shove our Medical director makes the decision. 
Joyce A. Rush, BS, MT(ASCP) 
Laboratory Manager 
St Joseph's Medical Center 
523 North Third Street 
Brainerd, MN  56401 
Office:218-828-7500   Fax:  218-828-7510 

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