In 1989, a new Medical Examiner facility was built utilizing a design concept of a single centralized morgue. The work area was developed to promote an easy flow of activity. Instead of a single exam room or a fixed exam table, the area was built utilizing four fixed, wall mounted stations through which bodies could be transported via portable gurneys. The gurneys were designed to serve as the body transportation table, the holding tray, and the exam table. Using this type of concept reduced unnecessary movement of the body reducing the possibility of employee injury.
All cases brought to the morgue are received in an area designed to maintain the utmost privacy for the transfer of cases. Individual bodies are entered into the system, assigned a log number and fitted with tags that mark the case. Two refrigeration units are designated as incoming cases and completed cases. The separation is a safeguard against a body being released prior to examination. Once an examination is complete, the body is released to the families designated funeral home.
The autopsy examination is accomplished through the teamwork of the Forensic Pathologist and a team of Autopsy Technicians. The autopsy technicians assist the pathologist with many processes including photography, radiographic exams, measurements, procurement of biological samples, evidence packaging and documentation, and release of bodies to funeral homes. The autopsy technician is also tasked with keeping the morgue stocked with supplies and cleaning.