[Histonet] Re:Fetal remains
Since our hospital is a catholic hospital, all "POC" specimens under 20
weeks are retained and periodically sent to a funeral home for cremation.
The families are informed of this, and releases are signed. If a family
requests a private burial of a less than 20 week fetus, a gross only exam is
done and the fetus released to a funeral home. Once a year, on All Saints
Day, there is a service at this funeral home that all of the families that
lost these babies may attend. We have a bereavement co-ordinator for OB
services that handles most of the details. All POC specimens, even where
there are no grossly visible fetal remains are included in the cremation. We
keep a separate log of the POC specimens that tell us when specimen was
received, when it was bagged, and when it was sent for cremation.
St. Francis Hospital
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