From: "Demer, Frank R - (demer)" <demer**At_Symbol_Here**EMAIL.ARIZONA.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Cadaver Discussion
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:02:54 +0000
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Exhausting the air to the outside could prevent those outside the lab from being exposed to formaldehyde but unless you locally exhaust the cadaver tables in a particular manner (see:, those dissecting the cadavers may likely be over exposed to formaldehyde. 



-Frank Demer



From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Nail, John
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:03 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Cadaver Discussion



Many thanks for the information regarding cadaver labs.


A bit of context: The issue appears to be the idea of converting a classroom into a cadaver lab without exhausting the air from the room directly to the outside of the building.


Part of the on campus dialogue was the claim that the cadavers would not contain formaldehyde. The person making this claim produced a SDS that shows that the embalming fluid contains '1 to 100 % methanol, 1 to 100% phenol, and greater than 1 % formaldehyde'.


John Nail

Professor of Chemistry

Oklahoma City University








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