10A NCAC 13B .6212      MORGUE

(a)  Where facilities have an agreement to transfer bodies within six hours of death, a single room large enough to contain a stretcher is acceptable.

(b)  When autopsies are conducted at the facility, the morgue shall be directly accessible to the service entrance or an outside entrance, and shall be located to avoid movement of bodies through lobbies and other public areas.  The following elements shall be provided:

(1)           Refrigeration equipment for body-holding; and

(2)           Autopsy room containing:

(A)          Work counter with sink equipped for hand washing;

(B)          Storage space for supplies, equipment, and specimens;

(C)          Autopsy table;

(D)          A deep sink for washing of specimens;

(E)           Clothing change area with shower, toilet, and lockers; and

(F)           Janitor's closet with service sink or receptor.

(c)  Where no transfer agreement exists with another facility, or bodies cannot be transferred within six hours or autopsies are not conducted at the facility, a well ventilated, temperature controlled body-holding room shall be provided.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 131E-79;

Eff. January 1, 1996.