RE: facilities performing Medical Examiner autopsies !!- all othe rs, ignore

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From:"Carpenter, Judith A." <>
To:"'Vinnie Della Speranza'" <>,
Date:Fri, 24 Sep 1999 07:24:40 -0400

It's been a real problem at times killing/controlling these critters in the
The only insecticides we found that would kill maggots were much too nasty
to use in a hospital/ME morgue setting.  
In our new facility we installed 2 huge bug zappers. One right above 
the ME dissection areas and one out in the hallway within the autopsy suite.
So far we've controlled the spread of these nasty things but they have to
the fly stage for this to be effective. (Unless the there's a throwing
We also keep the decomposed bodies in a special 2 bay cooler in the ME room
away from the other body cooler that is located down the hall.  This is to
to keep the insects in one area.
Good Luck-
Jude Carpenter,BS, HTL(ASCP)
Chief Technologist/Surgical Pathology/Histology/Autopsy
111 Colchester Ave.
Burlington,   VT  05401
FAX : (802)656-3509

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Vinnie Della Speranza []
> Sent:	Thursday, September 23, 1999 9:25 AM
> To:
> Cc:	Janice Lage; Donna McClellan
> Subject:	facilities performing Medical Examiner autopsies !!- all
> others, ignore
> My question may be found distasteful by many so I encourage back channel
> replies on this one!
> I would like to learn what means other facilities use to control the fly
> population that arises from corpses that come in with maggots. We are in
> the process of constructing a new morgue/autopsy facility and I would like
> to plan for some appropriate control mechanisms that will help with this
> problem.
> thanks for any offers of help with this unpleasant but very real problem!!
> Vinnie
> Vinnie Della Speranza
> Manager for Anatomic Pathology Services
> Medical University of South Carolina
> 165 Ashley Avenue
> Suite 309
> Charleston, SC  29425
> ph:  (843) 792-6353
> fax: (843) 792-8974
> email:

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