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16th November, 2021 Health

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  • Union Health Ministry of India notifies new protocol for post-mortem procedure.



  • The move, union health ministry said, is order to promote ease of living by reducing burden imposed due to compliance to government processes.



  • Apart from friends and relatives of the deceased, this new procedure promotes organ donation and transplant as organs can be harvested in the stipulated time window after the procedure.
  • In view of the rapid advancement and improvement in technology, especially availability of required lighting and infrastructure required for post-mortem, performing night time post-mortem in hospitals is now feasible.
  • The protocol stipulates that post-mortem for organ donation be taken up on priority and be conducted even after sunset at the hospitals which have the infrastructure for conducting such post-mortem on a regular basis.
  • Fitness and adequacy of infrastructure etc., shall be assessed by the hospital-in-charge to ensure that there is no dilution of evidentiary value.
  • It is also to be ensured by the facility that video recording of post-mortem shall be done for all post-mortem conducted in the night, to rule out any suspicion and preserved for future reference for Legal purposes.
  • However, cases under categories such as homicide, suicide, rape, decomposed bodies, suspected foul play should not be subjected for post-mortem during night time unless there is a law and order situation.