Medicolegal Autopsy, Collection and Submission of Postmortem Specimens from Deceased Persons with Known or Suspected COVID-19

Authors

  • Mohammad Tipu Sultan Medical Officer, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
  • Md Mozaharul Islam Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Shaheed Syed Nazrul Islam Medical College, Kishoreganj, Bangladesh
  • Miliva Mozaffor Assistant Professor and Laboratory Consultant, Department of Biochemistry, Medical College for Women & Hospital, Uttara, Dhaka-1230, Bangladesh
  • Tahmina Sultana Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, National Institute of Cancer Research & Hospital (NICRH), Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh
  • Kursiya Sanwar Postgraduate Student, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/mediscope.v9i1.58526

Keywords:

Medicolegal autopsy, postmortem specimen, infection prevention and control, biohazard, COVID-19

Abstract

WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on 11th March, 2020. The heightened fear regarding COVID-19 is a result of many things. It is a new pathogen with some unknown characteristics, and misinformation is all over the news and social media. In this pandemic situation, to combat any known or unknown biohazard risk associated with medicolegal autopsy, handling autopsy specimens, each section of the diagnostic procedure and laboratory processes have some specific guidelines for handling infectious agents like spread of SARS-CoV-2 that convey excessive risk for exposure and possible infection and/or occupational injury. These risks typically are associated with design flaws or lack of or inadequacy of safety procedures and training. However, we still lack a concrete guideline in our country on medicolegal autopsy, collection and submission of postmortem specimens from deceased persons with known or suspected covid-19 cases during this pandemic situation. This review aims to provide some evidence-based recommendations for biosafety and infection control practices during autopsy procedures, specimen collection, handling and submission for biochemical and toxicological analysis. The guidance can be followed by coroners, forensic investigators, biochemist and pathologist as well as other workers involved in postmortem service and respective authority/department.

Mediscope 2022;9(1): 41-46

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Published

2022-04-19

How to Cite

Sultan, M. T. ., Islam, M. M. ., Mozaffor, M. ., Sultana, T. ., & Sanwar, K. . (2022). Medicolegal Autopsy, Collection and Submission of Postmortem Specimens from Deceased Persons with Known or Suspected COVID-19. Mediscope, 9(1), 41–46. https://doi.org/10.3329/mediscope.v9i1.58526

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