Post Mortem Test

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A post-mortem is the examination of the body after death to determine the cause of the death. Play this informative quiz to see how well you know about the topic. This quiz will be beneficial to those who are preparing for the nursing exam or any other medical-related exam. The quiz contains questions ranging from easy, medium, and hard levels that will test your conceptual understanding. If you like this quiz, do share it with your friends and family. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

      How would describe post mortem care?

    • A.

      The care you provide a patient after they awaken.

    • B.

      The treatment you provide after suffering motion sickness.

    • C.

      Morning sickness expectant mothers experience

    • D.

      The care you give to a recently deceased person.

    Correct Answer
    D. The care you give to a recently deceased person.
    Explanation
    Post mortem care refers to the care and treatment given to a recently deceased person. This includes tasks such as cleaning and preparing the body for viewing or burial, ensuring proper storage and handling of the body, and completing necessary paperwork. It is an important aspect of funeral and mortuary services, aimed at showing respect for the deceased and assisting their loved ones in the grieving process.

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  • 2. 

    As it relates to the health care profession, which definition best defines the word "demise"?

    • A.

      The state of being dizzy

    • B.

      Someone that is disorganized

    • C.

      The end of life

    • D.

      The termination of a loan

    Correct Answer
    C. The end of life
    Explanation
    The word "demise" is best defined as the end of life in the context of the healthcare profession. This term is often used to refer to the death or passing away of a patient. It signifies the final stage of a person's life, indicating that they have ceased to live. In healthcare, understanding and recognizing the concept of demise is crucial for providing appropriate care and support to patients and their families during this difficult time.

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  • 3. 

    You should wash the body of a deceased person

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Washing the body of a deceased person is a common practice in many cultures and religions. It is done as a form of respect and to prepare the body for burial or cremation. This ritual is often performed by family members or close friends, and involves gently cleaning the body with water and sometimes fragrant oils or herbs. The process allows for a final act of care and purification before saying goodbye to the deceased.

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  • 4. 

        If your patient dies would you always disconnect and throw away all of the IV lines ?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement "If your patient dies would you always disconnect and throw away all of the IV lines?" is false. When a patient dies, medical professionals typically follow specific protocols for removing medical equipment, including IV lines. The process involves disconnecting the IV lines properly and disposing of them according to healthcare guidelines. Simply throwing away all IV lines without following proper procedures would not be the correct approach.

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  • 5. 

    What is the importance of tagging the deceased body and the shroud?  

    • A.

      To ensure the identity

    • B.

      To discriminate left from right

    • C.

      Because you have an extra leg

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. To ensure the identity
    Explanation
    Tagging the deceased body and the shroud is important to ensure the identity of the deceased individual. This helps in keeping track of the body and ensuring that it is properly identified throughout the process, from the time of death to burial or cremation. Tagging also helps in avoiding any mix-ups or confusion with other bodies, especially in situations where there may be multiple deceased individuals in a particular area or during mass casualty incidents. It is a crucial step in maintaining the dignity and respect for the deceased and ensuring that their remains are handled appropriately.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following is not an open wound?

    • A.

      Abrasion

    • B.

      Puncture

    • C.

      Bruise

    • D.

      Laceration

    Correct Answer
    C. Bruise
    Explanation
    A bruise is not an open wound because it occurs when small blood vessels near the skin's surface break and leak blood into the surrounding tissues, but the skin remains intact. Unlike abrasions, punctures, and lacerations, which involve a break in the skin, a bruise is characterized by discoloration and tenderness without any visible opening or tear in the skin.

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  • 7. 

    Sagittal suture marks are found

    • A.

      Skull

    • B.

      Heart

    • C.

      Lungs

    • D.

      Neck

    Correct Answer
    A. Skull
    Explanation
    The sagittal suture marks are found on the skull. The sagittal suture is a fibrous joint that connects the two parietal bones of the skull. It runs along the midline of the skull, from the anterior fontanelle (soft spot) to the posterior fontanelle. The sagittal suture marks the point where the two parietal bones fuse together during infancy. It is easily visible on the external surface of the skull and is an important landmark in anatomical and anthropological studies.

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  • 8. 

    The body starts decomposing after?

    • A.

      6-12 hours

    • B.

      12-24 hours

    • C.

      36-48 hours

    • D.

      48-62 hours

    Correct Answer
    C. 36-48 hours
    Explanation
    After a person dies, the body undergoes a process called decomposition. During this process, the body's cells begin to break down and release enzymes that cause the tissues to break apart. This breakdown starts around 36-48 hours after death. Factors such as temperature, humidity, and the presence of insects can affect the rate of decomposition. However, in general, the body will start decomposing within this time frame.

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  • 9. 

    Post Mortem is also called 

    • A.

      Biopsy

    • B.

      Autopsy

    • C.

      Both of the above

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Autopsy
    Explanation
    An autopsy is the correct term for a post-mortem examination. It is a medical procedure that involves the examination of a deceased person's body to determine the cause of death and any underlying medical conditions. Biopsy, on the other hand, is a procedure that involves the removal of a small sample of tissue for laboratory analysis. Therefore, the correct answer is Autopsy.

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  • 10. 

    Which of the following is not one of the stages of Post mortem?

    • A.

      Bloat

    • B.

      Skeletonization

    • C.

      Passive decay

    • D.

      Active decay

    Correct Answer
    D. Active decay
    Explanation
    Active decay is not one of the stages of post mortem. The stages of post mortem include bloat, which is the initial stage where gases start to accumulate in the body; followed by active decay, where the body starts to break down and decompose; then passive decay, where the body continues to decompose but at a slower rate; and finally, skeletonization, where only the skeletal remains are left.

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