Peeling Away: Unveiling the Horrors of Mortuary Skin Slippage


A recent incident in a mortuary in India has brought attention to a gruesome condition known as "skin slip." The incident involved the degloving of a deceased woman's body during the autopsy process. Skin slip occurs when the skin becomes detached from the underlying tissue, resembling a glove being removed from a hand. In this particular case, the woman's body had been left unattended for a prolonged period, which likely contributed to the skin slip.

Experts explain that skin slip occurs due to the breakdown of the connective tissues, such as collagen, that hold the layers of skin together. Factors such as temperature, humidity, and time can all play a role in accelerating this process.


In mortuary settings, where temperatures may not be adequately controlled, the risk of skin slip can be especially high.

To prevent such incidents, it is important to properly care for deceased bodies in mortuaries. This includes maintaining appropriate temperatures and humidity levels, as well as avoiding extended periods of time without attending to the bodies. In addition, mortuary staff should be properly trained to handle autopsies and the specific risks associated with skin slip.

Skin slip is a distressing and potentially dangerous condition that can occur during the autopsy process. Proper care and attention to detail are crucial in preventing these incidents from happening. By raising awareness of skin slip and advocating for proper protocols in mortuaries, we can ensure that the dignity of the deceased is upheld and prevent further instances of skin slip from occurring.


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