Challenges with Deceased and Body Parts Identification
Large-scale explosions and plane crashes are good models for sudden mass casualty incidents (SMCIs) and may cause a large number of deaths and dismembered or fragmented bodies.
The identification process of deceased and body parts in such situations is one of the greatest challenges of managing SMCIs (Fig. 18.1).
Personal recognition – 43%
Fingerprinting – 19%
Teeth examination – 13%
Personal documents – 10%
DNA testing – 10%
Specific signs – 5%
In rare situations, repatriation of deceased is necessary. It is important to remember that most countries prohibit air transport of bodies without previous embalmment.