Mortuary and Medical Approaches to Mass Fatalities (National)

Two White Papers identify key issues that need to be addressed when considering fatality management during an influenza pandemic. Information focuses primarily on morgue operations during a pandemic. The papers address issues such as how to identify unattended remains; prioritize Medical Examiner/Coroner services; expedite processing of remains; recruit volunteers and vehicles to transport remains; and process death certificates. Recommendations include creating a separate ESF to deal exclusively with mass fatalities during a pandemic and creating memoranda of understanding with pathologists, anthropologists, dentists, and other professionals with similar skill sets. These documents offer valuable information on dealing with excess mortality expected during a pandemic.

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