Popping things is not a surgical technique that is only used on living people, sometimes it is necessary to do it on dead people too!
This is something that often happens to dead bodies. It is one of the first stages of decomposition, skin slippage. People always as me when a body starts decomposing after death. The second your heart stops and you're dead, stuff starts breaking down. One of the first things we can see with our eyes is skin slippage. The timing for this varies from person to person depending on many factors like the persons age or body weight and the surrounding environment and temperature the body died in. The cool slows it down but doesn't stop it. The heat speeds it up. In my experience, as soon as you take a body out of refrigeration and it starts adjusting to room temperature within an hour or 2 you can start to visualize the changes.
This video shows a funeral director popping the blisters that grow as a result of skin slippage. What is happening is the top layer of skin (epidermis) is separating from the bottom layer of skin (dermis). Very cool to see how your epidermis determines your skin color. This person has a medium skin tone. When the bubble is popped the dermis is a very pale pink color. See - we are all one color! We can stand united because of the dermis!
These blisters must be popped because this person will be having a funeral viewing and wearing clothes. Manipulating and dressing the body could make the blisters rupture and the ooze could ruin the garments. Sometimes bodies in this state are either wrapped or put into a special plastic jump suit to avoid contact with the clothing.
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