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Flashcards in Normal Moisture Balance Deck (10):
1

Embalmer must maintain normal water balance

55-60% average male; 45-50% average female

2

Technique: Use hypotonic solution

Mild/moderate solution = better penetration to tissues

3

Technique: Use intermittent or alternate drainage

Allows body to retain moisture; allows better penetration to tissues

4

Technique: Inject at slower rate

Rapid injection & drainage causes too much moisture loss; can cause short circuits

5

Technique: Delay cavity treatment; inject last portion of fluid with drainage closed

Allows better penetration to tissues

6

Cover body in plastic shroud when refrigerating

Prevents loss of moisture due to air swipe

7

Avoid using out-of-date fluids

Can dehydrate tissues

8

Technique: Use massage cream on cotton used to build features

Prevents moisture wicking from mucous membranes

9

Technique: Use cold water to prepare solution

Slows fluid reaction = better distribution & diffusion

10

Apply massage cream to exposed tissues

Prevents dehydration; keeps skin pliable