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Decedent Care- DUH - 7am-7pm rotationing shifts

Regular Full Time Durham, North Carolina
Requisition Number: 224092

Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area.

For 2021-2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, and urology.

Duke University Hospital is also ranked first in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area.

In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.

Occ Summary

Perform a variety of duties to assist families and staff regarding the disposition of all matters of decedent care. 


12-hour shifts; Full-time meeting the needs of Duke University Hospital

Duties and Responsibilities of this Level

Coordinate with physicians and nurses to determine the appropriate time to approach the family regarding the disposition of all matters of decedent care. Meet with next of kin, and assist in completing all necessary paperwork. Arrange for body viewing as appropriate. Screen all deaths for medical examiner's jurisdiction in compliance with the state law. Request autopsy consent on all non-medical legal deaths. Complete all appropriate decedent care paperwork (i.e. all forms, documents and authorizations), in compliance with state and federal laws. Provide autopsy information to family members, medical and research personnel and others in compliance with departmental guidelines.

Act as primary liaison between Duke Hospital and funeral homes. Provide information to funeral homes, transporters, patient families, staff and security officers regarding decedent care and the hospital death policy. Release body to funeral home.

  • Transport bodies, charts, and unclaimed belong to the morgue. Store and maintain the body in a cooler. Mix and prepare preservative solutions as required. Perform incisions, evisceration of the body and special dissection techniques. File, store, and retrieve tissue specimens. Assist with disposal of tissue.
  • Inform appropriate organ banks or the anatomy department if consent for tissue donations was obtained. Assist the various tissue and organ banks by requesting all tissue donations at one time.

  • Maintain instruments and supplies. Clean, and disinfect all suites, instruments and equipment. Perform other duties to maintain supplies and equipment.

  • Maintain mortuary records and autopsy record logs.

  • Assist in training and scheduling lower-level employees.

  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


Minimum Qualifications


Work requires knowledge of basic mortuary science and communications education. principles normally acquired through two years of post-secondary


Three years of related experience to acquire the necessary skills. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

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