RE: [Histonet] Bodies in morgue - who does the checking?

From:"Horn, Hazel V"

At our hospital is is histology's responsibility to check the morgue on
day shift, Monday-Friday.    On evenings, nights and weekends our
Nursing service does it.   BUT we can check the morgue, via computer.
We have the option to pull up and expired patient list.  If we know
someone has expired we can go down to the morgue and check to see if
there is autopsy.    We also release bodies on dayshift to the funeral

Hazel Horn, HT/HTL (ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
Arkansas Children's Hospital - Changing Children's Lives

Phone - 501.364.4240
Fax - 501.364.3912 

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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Sent: Monday, July 18, 2005 12:02 PM
To: Paula Wilder;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Bodies in morgue - who does the checking?

It depends what you mean.  Check bodies into the morgue or check bodies
that are in the morgue.  Here we have a house officer (nurse) that
coordinates the release of bodies from the hospital through security.
Sometimes if the funeral home can come quickly enough then they take
them from the hospital room. If they can't come quickly the ward staff
put the body into the morgue with the help of security.  I keep an eye
on who is in my morgue so I can get a jump on any autopsy that might be
required.  Since I do all the weekday autopsies I don't like surprises.
My dieners are all part-time (as needed) and my pathology assistant is
only concerned with setting up gross and logging specimens into the
computer (I can't get her to go near the morgue).  I did work at one
place in Ohio where the diener was full time and actually had his office
in the morgue.  Hope this helps....

Charles Embrey, PA(ASCP)
Pathologists' Assistant
Histology Manager   

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Paula
Sent: Monday, July 18, 2005 11:38 AM
Subject: [Histonet] Bodies in morgue - who does the checking?

Hi everyone!

Any feedback on whose responsibility it is to check bodies in the morgue
at your respective instituition would be greatly appreciated.  So far,
by phoning neighboring hospitals, I have found that Security, a diener
service, or the Pathology Assistants are the ones responsible.  Any help
in this would truly be greatly appreciated!  Thanks so much!

Paula Wilder
St.Joseph Medical Center
Towson, MD 21204

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