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close this bookManagement of Dead Bodies after Disasters: A Field Manual for First Responders (IFRC, PAHO, WHO; 2006; 58 pages) [ES] View the PDF document
View the documentForeword
View the documentContributors
View the document1. Introduction
View the document2. Coordination
View the document3. Infectious Disease Risks
View the document4. Body Recovery
View the document5. Storage of Dead Bodies
View the document6. Identification of Dead Bodies
View the document7. Information Management
View the document8. Long-Term Storage and Disposal of Dead Bodies
View the document9. Communications and the Media
View the document10. Support to Families and Relatives
View the document11. Frequently Asked Questions
close this folderAnnexes
View the documentAnnex 1. Dead Bodies Identification Form
View the documentAnnex 2. Missing Persons Form
View the documentAnnex 3. Sequential Numbers for Unique Referencing
View the documentAnnex 4. Body Inventory Sheet
View the documentAnnex 5. Supporting Publications
View the documentAnnex 6. International Organizations involved in the development of this document
 

Annex 1. Dead Bodies Identification Form

Body/Body Part (B/BP) Code:
(Use unique numbering and include on associated files, photographs or stored objects.)

Possible identity of body:

Person Reporting
Name:______________________________________________________________
Official Status: ___________________Place & Date: _________________________
Signature: ______________________

Recovery details (Include place, date, time, by whom, and circumstances of finding. Indicate if other bodies were recovered in the same area, including name and possible relationship, if identified)

B/BP Code:___________________

A. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

A.1

General condition (mark one)

a

Complete body

Incomplete body (describe):

 

Body part (describe):

 
   

b

Well preserved

Decomposed

Partially skeletonized

Skeletonized

 

A.2

Apparent sex(mark one and describe evidence)

 

Male

Female

Probably male

Probably female

Undetermined

     

Describe evidence (genitals, beard, etc):

       

A.3

Age group(mark one)

 

Infant

Child

Adolescent

Adult

Elderly

A.4

Physical description (measure or mark one)

 

Height (crown to heel):

 

Short

Average

Tall

     

Weight:

 

Slim

Average

Fat

A.5

a) Head hair

 

Color:

Length:

Shape:

Baldness:

Other:

 

b) Facial hair

 

None

Moustache

Beard

Color:

Length:

 

c) Body hair

 

Describe:

       

A.6

Distinguishing features:

Physical (e.g., shape of ears, eye-brows, nose, chin, hands, feet, nails; deformities, missing limbs/amputation)

Surgical implants or prosthesis(artificial limb)

Skin marks (scars, tattoos, piercings, birthmarks, moles, etc.)

Apparent injuries(include location, side)

Dental condition(crowns, gold teeth, adornments, false teeth).Describe any obvious features.

 

Continue on additional sheets if needed. If possible, include a sketch of the main findings.

B/BP Code:___________________

B. ASSOCIATED EVIDENCE

B.1

Clothing

Type of clothes, colors, fabrics, brand names, repairs. Describe in as much detail as possible.

B.2

Footwear

Type (boot, shoes, sandals), color, brand, size. Describe in as much detail as possible.

B.3

Eyewear

Glasses (color, shape), contact lenses. Describe in as much detail as possible.

B.4

Personal items

Watch, jewelry, wallet, keys, photographs, mobile phone (incl. number), medication, cigarettes, etc. Describe in as much detail as possible.

B.5

Identity documents

Identity card, driving license, credit card, video club card, etc. Take photocopy if possible. Describe the information contained.

B/BP Code:___________________

C: RECORDED INFORMATION

C.1

Fingerprints

Yes

No

By whom? Stored where?

C.2

Photographs of body

Yes

No

By whom? Stored where?

D: IDENTITY

D.1

Hypothesis of identity

Explain reasons for attributing possible identity

E: STATUS OF BODY

Stored

Specify morgue, refrigerated container, temporary burial; describe location:

 

Under whose responsibility:

Released

To whom and date:

 

Authorized by:

 

Final destination:

Note: Those interested in adapting or copying this form, please download it, in MS Word or PDF format, at www.paho.org/disasters (click on Publications Catalog, and see the special page about Dead Bodies in Disaster Situations).

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