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Do you remove the organs and blood before embalming? How do you dispose of the organs and blood? Is it different for the bodies that is going to be cremated? If so how? What if the person had aids how do you dispose of the organs and blood? Thank You, I need the information for one of my college class.
First, I am sorry for the delay in responding. I am teaching at San Francisco College of Mortuary Science this semester and am responding from Northern California. There is a section on our site about arterial embalming, so you may want to check our the rest of the site. But, let's start with a "normal" case: a person who dies of natural causes and no autopsy has been performed. Arterial embalming uses the arterial system to distribute the embalming fluids throughout the remains. Removing organs or disrupting the body in any way would be completely counterproductive and actually prevent completion of normal embalming. So, NO we do not remove organs before during or after embalming. Now to the blood. Embalming does not require removing blood. Some is forced out through drainage from whichever vein is opened collateral to the injection site of the corresponding artery. For instance, if an embalmer chooses to inject through a carotid artery, he/she will also insert a drainage tube into the nearby jugular vein to assure that there is a drainage site. The embalming fluid that's injected will penetrate out to the capillaries to ensure preservation of tissue. Embalming is performed the same way on a remains that is to be buried as one to be cremated. Note: embalming is not required for immediate cremation or burial, only if the body is to be kept for an extended period or if there is to be public viewing. Let's review your AIDS (HIV) question. It requires that I mention the term "waste stream audit". I've already explained that the formaldehyde solution is injected into the remains, and we're only talking about 32 to 48 ounces of embalming chemical diluted further in water. The chemicals stay in the remains for the most part. There have been cities who were curious about what was going into the sewers which prompted them to install monitoring equipment on mortuary sewers. The amount of chemicals getting to the sewers was so small it could hardly be measured. The reason I discussed this issue was to focus on the purpose of sewers and waste treatment. The waste products of a person with AIDS (or any other contagious disease) are being flushed into the sewers everyday. If the victim of such a disease should cut themselves or bleed in any way it goes into the sewer. That's what they're for! Waste treatment centers are designed to "clean up" all organic material. I have been typing into one of those little data boxes on a screen of my laptop, so I can't see my total response. Since you need this for a class I wanted to get back to you quickly. There are some circumstances where organs and tissue are removed during an autopsy by a pathologist. Then and only then, is embalming done without organs and the arterial system in place. Even then, the organs and other viscera are replaced into the deceased and buried or cremated with them. I hope I have been some help and sincerely hope that you will contact us with any further questions. I have no idea where you are, but if you need other information, you may contact our office by phone OR contact me Monday through Wednesday at San Francisco College of Mortuary Science at (415) 824-1313.



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