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71 Dignity and Safety: An Intervention Making a Positive Difference to the Way Undertakers Handle our Deceased Patients
  1. PM Pearce
  1. Saint Francis Hospice, Romford, Essex

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At manual-handling training, nurses regularly expressed distress at the way undertakers transferred bodies, finding their handling lacked dignity and contravened manual-handling regulations.


To improve the way undertakers remove deceased patients from hospice premises.

Preliminary exploration via audit

To assess current practice, in 2002 we audited removal of bodies over a 1-month period. Local funeral directors were told …

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