Embalming is a process whereby the future cadaver for the use of teaching and learning purposes will be preserved with chemicals to maintain its original and durable form. The cadaver will retain its form over a long period of time and can be used repeatedly by students. This is a traditional method of preserving bodies and is still widely used by medical schools.
Commonly used preservatives are formalin at the lowest concentration level. Formalin is a controlled chemical used regularly as a preservative, antiseptic and disinfectant. Because it can evaporate and potentially carcinogenic, they should be handled with caution from the beginning of use until their removal after its expiry date.
Recognizing the complexities of managing this preservation technique, our department offers the embalming services to the interested public and private medically related tertiary institutions. In addition, we also offer embalming for funeral services that require long distance transfer. Please contact our staff to find out more regarding the terms and conditions of this service.