Applied Forensic Science at Sam Houston State University (Body Farm):
College of Criminal Justice
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341
state of the body:
- Confirm Cause of Death
- Confirm approximate Height
- Obtain important Vital
Statistic information (Full Name of Decedent, Date of Birth, Date &
Time of Death, Place of Death, Location of Body, SSN, Marital Status,
Race, Residence Address, NOK Relationship & Contact Information
including address, and Signing Doctor for DC & Phone #)
- Determine if the decedent
meets criteria for acceptance
Criteria for MedCure:
STAFS doesnŐt prohibit an individual from
participating in organ donation. Organs and Tissue can be harvested
- No Major or Communicable Diseases
(HIV, AIDS, Active STDs, Hepatitis B, Hantavirus, Active Viral Influenza,
Measles, Ebola, MRSA, Rabies, Tuberculosis, Leprosy, etc.)
Procedures for United Tissue Network
- STAFS will
call us with a first call and we can also make an after-death referral to
them. If they call us, they have already screened the body and accepted.
If we are making a referral, we will need to screen the body and then make
the referral to UTN. The family should not call! United Tissue Network
will contact the family and conduct a medical history and social history
interview with the Next of Kin and will make the decision for acceptance. STAFS
will call us with their decision for acceptance. The family is responsible for the
first call and removal fee of $325. STAFS does not pay this to Carnes. We
must obtain payment at time of call and removal.
- Once the first call is taken and entered in SRS,
create a pick up notice and send over, along with the first call sheet to
Dispatch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the driver arrives to where the decedent is located and finds that the
decedent is decomposing and/or possibly unsuitable for donation for any
reason, please call Dispatch and STAFS ASAP!
- Keep the decedent in refrigeration until the
scheduled transport. We
DO NOT embalm!
- STAFS obtains vitals from the family and files
the death record with the State.
will contact Carnes to make arrangements for sending a driver to make the
removal from Carnes and transport to their facility in Huntsville.