Embalming is the process of preservation, disinfection and restoration, or attempted preservation, disinfection and restoration of a dead human body by a practitioner who is licensed by the state of Ohio. This individual not only satisfied the necessary mandated college requirements, but must attend annual continuing educational programs.
Embalming has existed since early-recorded history and practiced throughout many lands and cultures. In the United States, the vast majority of bodies are embalmed.
The embalming process begins with the thorough washing and disinfection of the body. Embalming chemicals are injected into the body through one or more accessible arteries, while body fluids are drained through corresponding veins. Embalming chemicals kill bacteria and preserve the body by changing the physical structure of the body's proteins. This change allows the body to be sanitized and temporarily preserved.
Embalming is not routinely required by law, but is necessary if the funeral process is to include viewing and/or the body present. Additionally, embalming may be required if death is due to certain diseases or if final disposition is not made within a prescribed period of time.
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