|About how long does embalming fluid last iside of an average person?Did embalmig of a body change over the years?I would really like for you to ansewer my question i need it for one of my classes thanks a lot Maddy Miller|
|The effects of embalming fluid will vary with the type of remains and levels of other chemicals or substances in a remains. For instance, a remains which contained a high level of ammonia because of organ failure will adversely affect the ability of formaldehyde and other preservatives to embalm the proteins in the tissue because the ammonia will be capturing the hydrogen in the fluid. Some types of chemotherapy will also affect embalming.
A person who dies of heart disease may present circulation problems in the arterial and veinous systems but that will not affect the ability of the formaldehyde to work and the tissue will remain firm for many years. Disinterments have been performed 15, 20 and even 30 years after normal embalming and the remains will be intact.
Your question about whether embalming has changed in very interesting. My grandfather embalmed with "heavy metals" in the fluids. Things like arsenic and mercury were used which contributed to a "gray" cast to remains, requiring more cosmetics. Today, the addition of emollients, surfactants and other modifying agents produces better results with less danger to the operator. Many of the chemicals used in the early 1900's have been banned and no one is upset about it.
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