Duke University Health System Job Description:

FLSA: Pay Target: C2 
Date: 06/27/2005   Supervisory Responsibility: No 

General Description of the Job Class

Perform a variety of duties to assist families and staff regarding the disposition of all matters of decedent care. Assist pathologist with autopsy procedures.


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 body, chart, and unclaimed belongs to the morgue. Store and maintain body in cooler.

Assist pathologist with the autopsy procedures. Mix and prepare preservative solutions as required. Perform incisions, evisceration of body and special dissection techniques. File, store, and retrieve tissue specimens. Assist with disposal of tissue.

Inform appropriate organ banks or 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, 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.


Required Qualifications at this Level


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



Three years related experience to acquire necessary skills.



Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification:



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:





Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level



The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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Essential Physical Job Functions

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.