(5) Align body in natural anatomical position with body on back, arms
alongside, and palms turned toward thighs--poor alignment may cause irregular body
The body should be placed in alignment and in as natural position as possible.
Poor alignment will result in deformities as a result of rigor mortis (profound
stiffening of limbs and body as a result of death).
Replace soiled bed linen and straighten top linen.
(7) Remove, clean, and replace dentures, comb hair, close or support
patient's mouth, if applicable.
The mouth may need to be closed or supported by using rolled ABD pads to
prevent the lower jaw from sagging.
Clean patient's area and remove all unnecessary equipment.
Viewing of the body by relatives is done at this time, if desired. Be supportive
Perform a patient care handwash.
c. Perform Final Postmortem Care. This care begins after the viewing of the
body. It is done in preparation to transfer the body to the morgue.
(a) Obtain prepared death pack. The death pack, which may vary from
one hospital to another, includes wrapping or mortuary sheet, absorbent cotton or some
type of underpads, gauze or bandage rolls (ties), safety pins, death tags, and various
forms (hospital report of death, authorization for autopsy, disposition of body, local forms,
state death worksheet, and form for organ donor).
(b) Obtain additional needed equipment and supplies such as clean
sheets, chux, basin of warm water and soap, clean gloves, paper bag, acetone, stretcher,
two litter straps, laundry hamper/bag, comb, washcloth, and towel.
(2) Provide privacy for the body by placing screens around the bed, draw
curtains around the bed, or close the door.
Don clean gloves (if applicable).
Remove the following items:
Top bedding except for a drape sheet.