Dilution – approx. 12 oz. arterial fluid per gallon of solution (Using 18 index) Use Dilution Calculator for all other index’s
- Mix 12 oz. of 18 index arterial fluid with every 1 gallon of solution, add 1 -3 oz. of humectant fluid and use appropriate dyes if necessary
- Select appropriate artery and vein (typically an autopsy will have been performed so use the exposed arteries as normal). If no autopsy was performed use the Femoral artery and vein of the right leg. NOTE: be mindful of purpling of the head and face due to drainage difficulties and blockages. If the face does not clear relatively soon a Common Carotid artery should be used with Jugular vein drainage.
- After arterial embalming, check entire body for areas that received poor circulation. These areas should be hypodermically injected and possibly treated with external packs of preservative cream.
- Aspirate the cavities.
- Fully saturate the cavities with cavity fluid.
- Close incisions
- Bathe and dry the body.
- Glue incisions and place cotton over the glued incisions.
NOTE: lips of adolescent deceased have a tendency to wrinkle and draw apart during embalming. In some cases gluing the inside of the lips to the teeth help with the appearance. Gluing the lips as normal may not look so normal and a “pulling” appearance of the lips often is the result.