Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology


Precautions regarding COVID-19 after death

AAPT are aware of the latest guidance stating that body bags are not required and that viewing, hygienic preparation, viewing and embalming are all permitted

We are urgently trying to clarify this guidance with PHE, especially around body bags and PPE. In the meantime, AAPT advise following the RCPath guidance until we have confirmed the situation. Taking more precautions than necessary will not cause harm, but taking fewer precautions is clearly a risk, so where there is doubt, we advocate over-caution until specifically told otherwise. RCPath guidance is available in the COVID-19 section of the AAPT website

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