GNYHA hosted two fatality management debrief calls this week—one on Monday and the other earlier today—in conjunction with the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) and New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) to discuss fatality management operations during the recent COVID-19 patient surge. We thank all hospitals that participated in the calls and provided feedback on their experiences. GNYHA will be working closely with OCME, NYCEM, and other agencies to improve future operations based on these discussions. For those unable to participate in either call or to provide further feedback, please complete this survey. The survey will remain open until next Friday, June 26.
Various topics were discussed on the calls, including Body Collection Point (BCP) operations, decedent retrievals, the long-term storage option, changes to eVital, and additional facility-level challenges. These discussions will help improve coordination and communication with hospitals during future incidents.
As a reminder, OCME has returned to normal operations regarding decedent retrieval: OCME will pick up cases on demand as soon as the proper paperwork is submitted, with no required waiting period. In the event of another surge in fatalities, OCME and NYCEM are prepared to ramp up operations for the expedited retrieval of decedents and transfers to long-term storage.