CTE Resource Center - Verso - Patient Care Technician Task 604177959
Perform postmortem care.
Performance should include the following
Care of the body should include the following:
- Determination of death
- Labeling of body
- Component of postmortem care
- Disposition of valuables
- Forensic considerations
Performance of preparing the body for viewing should include the following:
- Provide care with respect and compassion while attending to the wishes of the client and family per their cultural, religious, and social practices.
- Recognize that the provider certifies death by pronouncing the time and documenting therapies used, and actions taken prior to the death.
- Maintain privacy.
- Shave facial hair if applicable and/or desired by the family.
- Remove all tubes and soiled linens (unless organs are to be donated or this is a medical examiner’s case).
- Remove all personal belongings to be given to the family.
- Clean and align the body with a pillow under the head, arms outside the sheet and blanket, dentures in place, and eyes closed.
- Apply fresh linens and a gown.
- Brush/comb the patient’s hair, replacing any hair pieces.
- When should postmortem care be initiated?
- Would you bathe your patient as part of the postmortem care if he/she were involved in a violent exchange?
- When does postmortem care begin?
- What are special circumstances related to postmortem care?
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