The death and_taxes_portion_of_mass_fatalities

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The death and_taxes_portion_of_mass_fatalities

  1. 1. The Death and Taxes Portion of Mass Fatalities Or: The Deadly Cellphone
  2. 2. <ul><ul><li>Presidential Declared </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Governor Declared </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Georgia County Coroner </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Empower Operations Level Personnel to Raise the Alarm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Supreme Court Pornography Test: You Know It When You See It </li></ul></ul>How Do YOU Know When It’s “Mass Fatality?”
  3. 6. This is a SINGLE Fatality/MASS Situation
  4. 7. Your Cell Phone Is MORE DEADLY Than a Deceased Human Being
  5. 8. The Myth of Infection Control <ul><li>Very few communicable diseases after 4 to 6 hours </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Timing depends on heat, environmental surroundings (inside, outside, covered, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bubonic plague, cholera can linger but not seen in US </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Even AIDS totally gone, all known instances, 4 days longest due to NO HOST </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>World Health Organization confirmed in Haiti </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Universal precautions sufficient; in absence of gloves, masks, contaminant such as ricin, sarin – responders can feel safe </li></ul></ul>
  6. 9. If Not Infection: WHAT? <ul><li>Odor—Extreme </li></ul><ul><li>Body Fluids </li></ul><ul><li>Both dependent on heat, humidity, location of bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Psychological Well-Being of Family and Responders: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Israeli Suicide Bombers; 9/11 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Religious and Cultural NOT Infection Control </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 10. Practical Issues For Body Handling <ul><li>Bag and Tag f If Available </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Try to avoid paper tags OR secure paper in a baggie </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cover Body If Bags Not Available </li></ul><ul><li>IDENTIFICATION </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any and EVERYTHING can be used to ID </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If in question, DON”T MOVE until secure all artifacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If law enforcement involved, follow THEIR protocol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Religious considerations totally dependent on ID; otherwise, go with cultural norms of community </li></ul></ul>
  8. 11. Practical Issues For Body Handling <ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>However it is done—TRACK the person </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We Don’t Stack Bodies in America </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flat, single layer in secure area (roped off, marked off, doored off, whatever) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Refrigerated Trucks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not enough in the entire U.S. for Georgia alone in pan flu situation </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 12. Practical Issues For Body Handling <ul><li>Preserve the Dignity of Each Individual to the Highest Degree Possible / Identify If Possible </li></ul><ul><li>Protect Your Responders Psychologically </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-Up </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Death Certificate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Time of Death </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cause of Death </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Affects the Living (Insurance, Inheritance, Government Benefits, etc.) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 13. <ul><li>Georgia Project Underway </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Funeral Service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coroners/Medical Examiners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hospital Association </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GEMA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GBI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GA’s 2 Mortuary Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inventory of All Body Refrigeration / Cool Morgues / Holding Facilities In State </li></ul>Practical Issues For Body Handling

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