Toward safer thanatopraxy cares: formaldehyde-releasers use.

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serval:BIB_9177466DCBD0
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Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Review (review): journal as complete as possible of one specific subject, written based on exhaustive analyses from published work.
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Title
Toward safer thanatopraxy cares: formaldehyde-releasers use.
Journal
Journal of anatomy
Author(s)
Varlet V., Bouvet A., Cadas H., Hornung J.P., Grabherr S.
ISSN
1469-7580 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
0021-8782
Publication state
Published
Issued date
11/2019
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
235
Number
5
Pages
863-872
Language
english
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Publication types: Journal Article ; Review
Publication Status: ppublish
Abstract
Human cadavers constitute very useful educational tools to teach anatomy in medical scholarship and related disciplines such as physiology, for example. However, as biological material, human body is subjected to decay. Thanatopraxy cares such as embalming have been developed to slow down and inhibit this decay, but the formula used for the preservation fluids are mainly formaldehyde (FA)-based. Very recently, other formulas were developed in order to replace FA, and to avoid its toxicity leading to important environmental and professional exposure concerns. However, these alternative FA-free fluids are still not validated or commercialized, and their efficiency is still under discussion. In this context, the use of FA-releasing substances, already used in the cosmetics industry, may offer interesting alternatives in order to reduce professional exposures to FA. Simultaneously, the preservation of the body is still guaranteed by FA generated over time from FA-releasers. The aim of this review is to revaluate the use of FA in thanatopraxy cares, to present its benefits and disadvantages, and finally to propose an alternative to reduce FA professional exposure during thanatopraxy cares thanks to FA-releasers use.
Keywords
embalming, formaldehyde, formaldehyde-releaser, human body preservation, thanatopraxy, tissue fixation
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Web of science
Open Access
Yes
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