St. Catherines ON — Placing the blanket over the body in front of him, Pathologist Dr. Williams noticed that two feet were sticking out after spreading the linen to capacity. It was the fifth time this week that he had noticed that feet were left dangling after completing the autopsy. He is not the first pathologist to notice this problem, it’s been a common problem among his counterparts.
At the request of his fellow pathologists, Dr. Williams began investigating the mystery of exposed feet by first measuring the bodies lengthwise and then measuring the length of each blanket in storage. He immediately noticed that they were about a foot shorter than the average body he was examining. He wrote down his findings so that the other pathologists could review them and provide some recommendations. They all agreed that Ontario hospital administrators need to start clicking the ‘Queen Size’ check box when ordering blankets and not just the ‘Twin’ box.
Due to budget constraints, the Pathologists will continue using the short blankets until they are all used up and just deal with the dead, dangling feet for now. The pandemic is not the best time to be worrying about sheets.