The Journal of Plastination

Published in J. Int. Soc. Plast. 9 (1):38 (1995)

Maintaining Extension of the Hand During and After Embalming

AUTHORS:
WF Pretorius , and TS Lessing
affiliations:

Department of Anatomy and Cell Morphology, University of the Orange Free State, Republic of South Africa.

ABSTRACT:

Dissection of the human hand is complicated when the hand is closed. It is a common phenomenon that the hand closes when death sets in. Even I fit could be opened before the cadaver is embalmed, it does not remain in that position during embalming. This is the result of the contraction of the stronger flexor muscles due to the pressure of the embalming fluid.

KEY WORDS:

Embalming; Dissection

*CORRESPONDENCE TO:

WF Pretorius Dept Anatomy and Cell Morphology, University of the Orange Free State, Republic of South Africa.

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Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Allocation-id: 0000

Submitted Date:August 18, 1995
Accepted Date: October 21, 1995
Published Date: December 31, 1995

DOI Information:       https://doi.org/10.56507/RWJN6457

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INTRODUCTION

Dissection of the human hand is complicated when the hand is closed. It is a common phenomenon that the hand closes when death sets in. Even I fit could be opened before the cadaver is embalmed, it does not remain in that position during embalming. This is the result of the contraction of the stronger flexor muscles due to the pressure of the embalming fluid.

To counteract this problem, we have designed a basic apparatus using wood, which maintains an open position of the hand during the embalming process. The fingertips are placed beneath the cross­ bar where the weight of the forearm of the cadaver keeps the apparatus  in position.  The embalming process can now proceed,  and the apparatus may be removed when this process has been completed.

The tendency of the flexors of the forearm to close the hand is no longer exhibited when the embalming process is completed. The hand remains open, and it is quite convenient for dissection of the palm and fingers.

The weight of the forearm keeps the apparatus in place. The crossbar keeps thef ingers straight until embalming process has been completed.

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