As with all of the decedents we transport, it is done with the utmost respect, no matter the circumstances surrounding the death. When transferring or removing potentially contaminated or diseased bodies, contain them as soon as possible to ensure the lowest exposure to the surrounding area. The container must be suitable to hold both the deceased and their bodily fluids.
If the decedent was carrying a contagious disease, the vehicle is then thoroughly disinfected once they have been released. The more dangerous the condition, the less contact the medical examiner and others should have with the deceased. For more information on how to handle contagious diseases concerning sudden death, please visit qp.alberta.ca.