Light Duty Body Bag

A body bag, also known as a cadaver pouch or human remains pouch (HRP), is a non-porous bag designed to contain a human body, used for the storage and transportation of shrouded corpses. Body bags can also be used for the storage of corpses within morgues. Before purpose-made body bags were available, cotton mattress covers were sometimes used, particularly in combat zones during the Second World War. If not available, other materials were used such as bed sheets, blankets, shelter halves, ponchos, sleeping bag covers, tablecloths, curtains, parachute canopies, tarpaulins, or discarded canvas—”sealed in a blanket”—slang. However, the subsequent rubber body bag designs are much superior, not least because they prevent leakage of body fluids, which often occurs after death. Most have some form of carrying handles, usually webbing, at each corner and along the edges.