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Sharps Safety

Sharps waste is considered to be any device that could possibly cut or pierce the user’s skin, including but not limited to scalpels, needles, razor blades, and even glass objects such as microscope slides containing possible biohazards. One should always use fully disposable scalpel units if possible. Never use scalpel blades without a proper handle [...]

February 14th, 2017|Blog Post|0 Comments
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A Laboratory’s Response to Formalin Spills

Air ventilation is often the first thought when considering formalin safety, but what is the protocol for liquid spills? Even the most steady-handed pathologist can encounter accidental spills. Skin contact with the spill can result in allergic reactions, blistering, and hives among other symptoms. If skin does come in contact, immediately rinse with water and a [...]

January 30th, 2017|Blog Post|0 Comments
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Risk of Disease Transmission during an Autopsy

Risk of transmission of disease and illness during post-mortem examinations is a serious and ever-growing concern in laboratories across the world. With proper protective wear and clean up measures, autopsy professionals need not to worry. Medical Examiners are to take utmost precaution while performing autopsies on potential infectious cadavers. There are numerous ways in which [...]

January 17th, 2017|Blog Post|0 Comments
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Twenty-Five Years of Mopec

Mopec is proud to announce its twenty-fifth year as the leading manufacturer of pathology and autopsy equipment. The Michigan-based company has achieved steady growth with innovative equipment for over two decades. The loyal and devoted Mopec family can be attributed to the constant dedication to customer satisfaction by means of quality product and customized solutions. Mopec, [...]

January 13th, 2017|Blog Post|0 Comments
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Considering Purchasing a Used Morgue Refrigerator?

When purchasing a morgue cooler, it is imperative to consider more than just the cost associated. Investing in a new or used mortuary cooling unit is a significant decision that can have a great impact on your finances and cooler functionality over the next several years. Previously owned body cooling systems are considerably less expensive than new equipment; however, [...]

December 1st, 2016|Blog Post|0 Comments
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The Difference between a Coroner and a Medical Examiner

Did you know coroners and medical examiners are generally characterized as two different occupations? They both play a vital role in death investigations, but they each hold different qualifications and responsibilities. Each state has their own system in place for examining a questionable death. It is fairly universal that any deaths revolving around injury, poisoning, [...]

November 14th, 2016|Blog Post|0 Comments
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4 Ways to Donate after Death

Donate your organs and tissue to those in medical need With over 100,000 people on the U.S. waiting list for organs, this is a sure way to give back. Your donation could save up to 8 lives, and that’s quite a number when 22 people die each day waiting for a transplant. Learn more at [...]

October 28th, 2016|Blog Post|0 Comments
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5 Tools Necessary for an Autopsy

1. Bone Saw With 206 bones in the body, a pathologist is sure to need a quality saw. Gigli saws provide smooth level cuts, while powered saws offer precise cuts on the cranial cap. It’s a best precaution to utilize a bone dust vacuum while performing autopsies with an electric saw. This eliminates the risk of [...]

September 22nd, 2016|Blog Post|0 Comments
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Bariatric Challenges and Solutions

It’s a growing concern that continues to gather strength. According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention almost 38 percent of American adults are affected by obesity. The national epidemic has resulted in enormous implications for our health care system as manufacturers adjust to the demands of a heavier population. As America grows, [...]

September 13th, 2016|Blog Post|0 Comments
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Religious Beliefs and Anatomic Dissections

Conflict often rises when the ideas and beliefs of religions oppose autopsies and anatomic dissections.  Many doctrines do not explicitly outline the process of postmortem examination, but interpretations and individual circumstances have formed general religious beliefs regarding the topic. Christianity does not have set guidelines on how a body is handled pertaining to an autopsy. [...]

August 17th, 2016|Blog Post|0 Comments