Knowledge, Attitude and Perception Regarding the Procedure of Autopsy in COVID-19 Cases among Doctors Doing Post Mortem Examination

Authors

  • Anil Mangeshkar
  • Ashok Najan
  • Seema Sutay

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i3.15282

Keywords:

Autopsy, COVID-19Infection, Dead body management, COVID-19-19Guidelines

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised challenges in dealing with the dead body of deceases who have
been a suspected case or a confirmed case of Covid-19, considering the extreme shortage of trained and
experienced manpower in dealing with various duties and responsibilities in the COVID-19 scenario it is
very important to ensure safety of the health care workers.All the guidelines issued from time to time for
control of spread and treatment of Covid-19 are speculations depending on the current trends and none are
based on robust research due to lack of scientific literature and work as the Covid-19 virus in new to the
human race .The main driver of transmission of COVID-19is through droplets. There is unlikely to be an
increased risk of COVID-19 infection from a dead body to health workers or family members who follow
standard precautions while handling body. Only the lungs of dead COVID-19 patients, if handled during
an autopsy, can be infectious.1and there is no evidence so far of transmission of virus through the handling
of corpses.2There are a lot of speculations in the mind of forensic medicine experts regarding the ongoing
mortuary work and dead body management in the Covid-19 scenario considering the risk of acquiring the
infection during handing or bodies or while conducting a medico legal post mortem examination.

Author Biographies

Anil Mangeshkar

Assistant Professor, 2Associate Professor, 3Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, Government Medical
College, Khandwa

Ashok Najan

Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, Government Medical
College, Khandwa

Seema Sutay

Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, Government Medical
College, Khandwa

Published

2021-05-17

How to Cite

Anil Mangeshkar, Ashok Najan, & Seema Sutay. (2021). Knowledge, Attitude and Perception Regarding the Procedure of Autopsy in COVID-19 Cases among Doctors Doing Post Mortem Examination. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(3), 72-77. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i3.15282