[Histonet] Re:Fetal remains

From:Temple Nancy

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.

N. Temple
St. Francis Hospital
Indianapolis, In

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