AIIMS waives autopsy in deaths due to COVID-19
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The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has not conducted any autopsies in cases of deaths on account of Covid-19, following a decision taken to protect the forensic doctors from the highly contagious virus.

Sudhir Gupta, head of the department of forensic medicine and toxicology at AIIMS, said autopsies on patients are too dangerous to undertake and have decided to waive autopsies in such cases. The department has waived post-mortem even in suspected Covid-19 cases.

• As per the circular, in case the autopsy is to be carried out because of “special reasons”, a number of practices should be adopted, including avoiding removal of the body bag and not performing embalming.

• The deceased must be placed in a zipped body bag immediately after death with identification tag marked ‘Covid-19’, according to protocol.

• The precautions should ensure that appropriate work practices are followed to prevent direct contact with infectious material, percutaneous injury, and hazards related to moving heavy remains and handling embalming chemicals.

• In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, it said, bodies should not be preserved overnight.

Gupta said the premier institute plans to conduct limited examinations for academic reasons, but not now. “There is so much of panic now and if at all we conduct autopsies we will do it at a later stage. We may want to study the impact on the lungs, brain, and liver, but that will take time,” he said.

The number of autopsies at AIIMS declined to 81 between March 23-April 22 from 127 between February 22-27, as per data from the department of forensic medicine and toxicology. Gupta said fewer road accidents and cases of suicide and murder during lockdown also contributed to the decline in the number of autopsies.

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Disappointing. With research so badly needed,the only source of honest medical research is being not used. Is it due to lack of proper protective equipment? Lack of faith in ppe? Lack of training? Lack of confidence? And surely these doctors are atheists too,cause no faith in God either? And there is the answer as to why India lags behind,no Nobel Prizes,no significant pioneer research. Well,today PlexusMd felt like a Negative Morning newspaper I stopped reading since seven years. Not the fault of anyone of us,just so disappointing.... Read more
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