Hassall's anatomy drawings

Specific Requirements of the Body Donor Program

The Program morticians may refuse the gift if the body is not suitable for educational purposes. In that event, donors should inform their executor of an alternate backup plan for disposition of their body (Plan A and Plan B). Note No.1 below.

  1. Occasionally we must refuse a donor’s body in the following situations: We cannot accept mutilated bodies (e.g., automobile accidents), bodies that have unhealed major surgery prior to death or have been autopsied, or from which major organs have been removed/donated. Other conditions that may cause a body to be refused include obesity, malnutrition, excessive edema, hepatitis, jaundice and infectious diseases that may put recipients at risk. Due to changes in a person’s health over time, the decision to accept or refuse a body will be made at the time of death by the UW Mortician, and not at the time the donor signs the registration form. Registration does not constitute acceptance in advance.
  2. We accept bodies only from those persons who have made prearrangements by filing forms in advance with our Program.
  3. Program morticians do not make removals from private residences and most nursing homes. If death occurs in a private setting, the family must contact a local funeral home to make the removal and hold the remains until our mortician arrives. However, we are able to make removals if death occurs at a hospital facility which has a morgue.
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