1.0 BACKGROUND OF STUDY
A morgue or mortuary (in a hospital or elsewhere) is used for the storage of human corpses awaiting identification or removal for autopsy or disposal by burial, cremation or other method. In modern times corpses have customarily been refrigerated to delay decomposition.
Mortuary early 14c., from Anglo-French mortuarie “gift to a parish priest from a deceased parishioner,” from Medieval Latin mortuarium, noun use of neuter of Late Latin adjective mortuarius “pertaining to the dead,” from Latin mortuus, pp. of mori “to die” (see mortal (adj.)). Meaning “place where bodies are kept temporarily” first recorded 1865, a euphemism for earlier English term “deadhouse.”
Morgue from the French morgue, which means ‘to look at solemnly, to defy’. First used to describe the inner wicket of a prison, where new prisoners were kept so that jailers and turnkeys could recognize them in the future, it took on its modern meaning in fifteenth-century Paris, being used to describe part of the Châtelet used for the storage and identification of unknown corpses.
Morgue is predominantly used in North American English, while mortuary is more common in British English, although both terms are used interchangeably. The euphemisms “Rose Cottage” and “Rainbow’s End” are sometimes used in British hospitals to enable discussion in front of patients, the latter mainly for children.
A person responsible for handling and washing bodies is now known as a diener, morgue attendant, or autopsy technician.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
The following problems were identified in the existing system at the case study:
1. Inability to keep the proper record of number human body in mortuary
2. Error in computation of available space in the mortuary
3. Inability to accurately calculate bill for mortuary service
4. Errors in computation of mortuary bills.
5. Difficulties in obtaining mortuary bills report.
1.3 AIM AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
The aim of the study is to develop a mortuary management system. The following are the specific objectives to realize the needed aim:
1. To design web application that can keep the proper record of number human body in mortuary
2. To design web application that can give accurate computation of available space in the mortuary
3. To design a system that can be utilized to accurately bill for mortuary services.
4. To design a database system that can be used to store mortuary billing records.
5. To design a system that can be used to obtain mortuary bill reports.
1.4 SIGNIFICANCE OF STUDY
The study is significant in the following ways:
1. It will provide the mortuary division of St. Gerards Catholic Hospital kaduna with an effective system to accurately compute and record mortuary bills.
2. It will aid easy management of mortuary billing information.
3. It will serve as a reference material for future research.
1.5 SCOPE OF THE STUDY
The scope of this study will center on design and implementation of Mortuary management system for St. Gerards Catholic Hospital kaduna
1.6 LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY
Usually, every work has some limitations and this study is not exempted.
The two major limitations of this study are the high programming technique as well as financial constraints. The high programming technique constraint in PHP, JQUERY and MYSQL prevents the researcher to have an in depth study and analysis on the subject matter. While the issue of financial constraint limits the frequency of investigation to/from the institution toward gathering the necessary information relevant for the study.
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