Mortuary Response Solutions Develops the MERC-LTC Single-Decedent In-Room Human Remains Storage Unit

Belton, SC (December 9, 2020) – On August 8, 2020 a “BEHIND THE CURVE” article* published in The New York Times, ran the following headline, “When Covid-19 Hit, Many Elderly Were Left to Die”. This article clearly exposed the critical problem that Nursing Homes and other long-term care facilities, were about to face. They did not have a Mass Fatality Preparedness program in place, that was adequate and robust enough to deal with the sudden, rapid escalation of elderly deaths. 

Single Decedent MERC-LTC Cooling Unit

As a result, Mortuary Response Solutions, has utilized their MERC® System technology and quickly developed the MERC-LTC®, for single decedent in room human remains storage. This unit is rapidly deployable, cost effective and is the first lightweight man-portable cooling system that can operate from a standard wall receptacle, battery pack or inverter. The MERC-LTC® weighs 12.0 lbs. (5.4kg) and requires less than a cubic foot of storage space. The MERC-LTC®, uses FDA cleared Cooling Technology and is available in EMI-RFI Protected Models. The MERC-LTC® is capable of rapidly reducing and retaining a human remain at a temperature as low as 32°F (0°C). The MERC-LTC®, specifically designed to allow Nursing Homes, Hospice Facilities, Residential Care Communities and Medical Facilities, the ability to, respectfully, safely, rapidly and discretely store human remains, while providing peace-of-mind to their families. Currently, there are more than 50,000, such facilities, in the USA, alone. The New Post reported (6/20), that the unprecedented number of deaths were linked to Nursing Homes and Long-Term care Facilities, clearly exposing the lack of preparedness in these facilities.

About Mortuary Response Solutions

Mortuary Response Solutions, based in Belton, South Carolina is a manufacturer of unique storage and packaging system for mass fatality response. With over 20 years of mass fatality response experience, MRS was launched in 2007 to fill a void in portable cold storage systems for human remains. MRS pioneered and patented the use of Direct Contact Cooling for human remains storage. For further details on Mortuary Response Solutions® and the MERC® System, as well as the numerous other related products, visit our website:

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Original Article

* “BEHIND THE CURVE”: This is the third in a series of articles which examines the missteps, misunderstandings and missed warnings signals that allowed Covid-19 to spread around the world.