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Factors affecting management of corpses of the confirmed COVID-19 patients during pandemic: A systematic review

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(2021) Factors affecting management of corpses of the confirmed COVID-19 patients during pandemic: A systematic review. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine. p. 6. ISSN 1752-928X

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Introduction: The global spread of the COVID 19 disease and the concerning rise in the number of corpses of the patients dying of the disease has caused challenges in handling the corpses by the health system and relevant organizations in most countries. The aim of the present study was to investigate factors affecting the corpse management process of the patients dying of COVID 19. Materials and methods: This study was a systematic review of literature using the PRISMA guideline. Without time limit until the end of January 2021, the studies related to corpse management in patients with COVID 19 were extracted from the data resources of Medline (PubMed), Web of Science, Google scholar, Embase, ProQuest, Scopus, Iranmedex, SID, and ISC, and also the reference lists of selected studies, as well as other systematic reviews, key journals, and proceedings of conferences and congresses. Finally, thematic analysis was used to analyze the obtained data. Results: 190 studies were identified based on the initial search, and finally 21 studies were entered into analysis. Based on the systematic review and thematic content analysis, challenges in the process of managing the corpses of COVID-19 victims were divided into three main themes and eight sub-themes. The themes included psychosocial factors, environmental factors, and resources, and the sub-themes included supporting survivors, customs, values, infection control, corpse identification and burial, corpse transferring, equipment, and governments' capacity. Conclusion: Implementing psychological, social, and spiritual support programs for grieving families, the observance of customs and values governing the community at the time of funeral and burial, and planning to control infection and safety in the process of maintenance, transfer to the cemetery and safe burial are the most important strategies that can be used in the process of corpse management. Utilizing and aligning religious leaders with the health system in order to inform people about the ways of disease transmission from the bodies and to use alternative solutions for holding religious and cultural ceremonies (e.g., virtual mourning), as well as providing personal protective equipment to those in close contact with corpses, the development and implementation of health protocols for managing possibly a large number of bodies, capacity building, and anticipating necessary resources are highly recommended strategies.

Item Type: Article
Nejati-Zarnaqi, B.UNSPECIFIED
Keywords: Management of corpses COVID 19 Pandemic Systematic review Legal Medicine
Page Range: p. 6
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Journal Index: ISI
Volume: 84
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ISSN: 1752-928X
Depositing User: مهندس مهدی شریفی

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