Sudden Death: A Disaster Mortuary Response—Practitioner Perspective

  • Mike ConwayEmail author


Man-made and natural disasters causing multiple casualties and fatalities pose particular difficulties for emergency service staff due to their infrequent occurrence; the normality of a response to large numbers of simultaneous casualties and fatalities can overwhelm the already burdened systems and facilities. This chapter discusses the set-up phase of mortuary services enabling identification, post-mortem examination and dispatch of bodies following mass fatalities for three major incidents.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Derbyshire PathologyChesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation TrustChesterfieldUK

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