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Repatriation of human remains following death in international travellers.

Abstract Death during international travel and the repatriation of human remains to one's home country is a distressing and expensive process. Much organization is required involving close liaison between various agencies.
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Repatriation

death

human remains

international

tourism

travel

travel insurance

Journal Title journal of travel medicine
Publication Year Start




PMID- 28395093
OWN - NLM
STAT- In-Process
DA  - 20170410
LR  - 20170410
IS  - 1708-8305 (Electronic)
IS  - 1195-1982 (Linking)
VI  - 24
IP  - 2
DP  - 2017 Mar 01
TI  - Repatriation of human remains following death in international travellers.
LID - 10.1093/jtm/taw082 [doi]
AB  - Background: Death during international travel and the repatriation of human
      remains to one's home country is a distressing and expensive process. Much
      organization is required involving close liaison between various agencies.
      Methods: A review of the literature was conducted using the PubMed database.
      Search terms included: 'repatriation of remains', 'death', 'abroad', 'tourism',
      'travel', 'travellers', 'travelling' and 'repatriation'. Additional articles were
      obtained from grey literature sources and reference lists. Results: The local
      national embassy, travel insurance broker and tour operator are important sources
      of information to facilitate the repatriation of the deceased traveller. Formal
      identification of the deceased's remains is required and a funeral director must 
      be appointed. Following this, the coroner in the country or jurisdiction
      receiving the repatriated remains will require a number of documents prior to
      providing clearance for burial. Costs involved in repatriating remains must be
      borne by the family of the deceased although travel insurance may help defray
      some of the costs. If the death is secondary to an infectious disease, cremation 
      at the site of death is preferred. No standardized procedure is in place to deal 
      with the remains of a migrant's body at present and these remains are often not
      repatriated to their country of origin. Conclusions: Repatriation of human
      remains is a difficult task which is emotionally challenging for the bereaving
      family and friends. As a travel medicine practitioner, it is prudent to discuss
      all eventualities, including the risk of death, during the pre-travel
      consultation. Awareness of the procedures involved in this process may ease the
      burden on the grieving family at a difficult time.
FAU - Connolly, Ruairi
AU  - Connolly R
AD  - School of Medicine, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland.
FAU - Prendiville, Richard
AU  - Prendiville R
AD  - School of Medicine, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland.
FAU - Cusack, Denis
AU  - Cusack D
AD  - Department of Forensic and Legal Medicine, School of Medicine and Medical
      Science, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
AD  - County Kildare Coroner's Office, Kildare, Ireland.
AD  - Penang Medical College, Penang, Malaysia.
FAU - Flaherty, Gerard
AU  - Flaherty G
AD  - School of Medicine, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland.
AD  - School of Medicine, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
LA  - eng
PT  - Journal Article
PL  - England
TA  - J Travel Med
JT  - Journal of travel medicine
JID - 9434456
OTO - NOTNLM
OT  - Repatriation
OT  - death
OT  - human remains
OT  - international
OT  - tourism
OT  - travel
OT  - travel insurance
EDAT- 2017/04/11 06:00
MHDA- 2017/04/11 06:00
CRDT- 2017/04/11 06:00
PHST- 2016/10/13 [received]
PHST- 2016/10/31 [accepted]
AID - 2742008 [pii]
AID - 10.1093/jtm/taw082 [doi]
PST - ppublish
SO  - J Travel Med. 2017 Mar 1;24(2). doi: 10.1093/jtm/taw082.

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