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Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology

Modified saturated salt solution (MSSS) method for embalming

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Article Type : Research Article

Author Details: Mani Kathapillai*

Volume : 6

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2394-2126

Print ISSN : 2394-2118

Article First Page : 260

Article End Page : 263


Introduction: Surgical specialty requires adequate exposure of training and enormous practice of surgical
skills to become successful. Moreover, surgeons have to be familiar with day to day trending newer
developments and surgical techniques. For exclusive surgical training in surgical methods, the current
adopted approach is surgical skills training (SST) on cadavers. Even though live animals and low and high
fidelity simulators are used for SST, the overall outcome is in low profile with high cost and compromised
anatomic fidelity, compared to embalmed cadavers. Within the available methods for embalming cadavers,
formalin solution method (FAS) embalmed cadavers are seldom used for SST, Thiel’s solution method (TS)
is costly, and saturated salt solution method (SSS) is preferred nowadays.
Materials and Methods: It is a descriptive study for a period of six months in the formalin solution (FAS)
embalmed and modified saturated salt solution (MSSS) method of embalmed cadavers. Human donated
corpses with intact skin and organs of the body with acceptable appearance were included. The corpses with
breached skin, external injures and unacceptable appearances were excluded from the study. Two corpses
embalmed were by MSSS, assessed for skin color, pliability and suppleness of the soft tissue by visual
and tactile assessment, range of movements and the results are compared with two formalin solution(FAS)
embalmed cadavers. The data were analyzed by SPSS26 and excel 2007 software.
Implications: MSSS method is useful, cost effective and comfortable embalming technique for surgical
skills training.

Keywords: Skills training, Modified saturated salt solution-cost effective.

Doi :-https://doi.org/10.18231/j.ijcap.2019.058