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NAME: BERNADETTE H. VILLACAMPACODE: 9OO1. WHAT ARE THE THREE TYPES OF POSTMORTEM PHYSIOLOGIC CHANGES? DISCUSS OR DESCRIBEEACH. ( 6POINTS)1. Rigor mortisis the stiffening of the body that occurs about2 to 4 hours after death. Rigor mortisstarts in the involuntary muscles (heart, bladder, and so on), then progresses to the head, neck, andtrunk, and finally reaches the extremities.2. Algor mortisis the gradual decrease of the body’s temperature after death. When blood circulationterminates and the hypothalamus ceases to function, body temperature falls about 1°C (1.8°F) per houruntil it reaches room temperature.3.Livor mortisis the discoloration that appears in the lowermost or dependent areas of the body. Afterblood circulation has ceased, the red blood cells break down, releasing hemoglobin, which discolors thesurrounding tissues.2. GIVE 4 POSTMORTEM CARE. (4POINTS)1.CARING FOR THE BODY- After the patient has been pronounced dead, the nurse is responsible forpreparing the body. The nurse is legally responsible for placing identification tags on either the shroud orgarment the body is clothed in and the ankle to ensure that the body can be identified even if it is

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