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Trauma Scene Cleanup
By the RestorationSOS Educational Staff
Trauma scene cleanup is a very different form of cleaning and restoration, as opposed to the kinds of damage caused by water or fire. Typically, trauma scenes involve dealing with things such as blood, pathogenic conditions, MRSA, Staph, and death. As a result, it becomes important for the cleaning provider to make sufficient provision to protect themselves against any sort of contamination or infection that may be present, while at the same time properly cleaning the area, home, or business in question to ensure that others entering the premises are safe as well.
It is a hazardous business to be sure and one that can be made all the worse by not hiring a company that is properly trained, equipped, and licensed to perform this type of work. It is a specialized industry designed to deal with the worst type of property damage that one can imagine.
What Cleanup Entails
In the event of a death or serious injury, medical providers or coroners are only required to remove the victim or the body of the victim from the property. They are not responsible for anything that may be left behind such as blood stains, tissue, fingerprint dust, or any other elements. Flooring, carpeting, mattresses or upholstery may have blood or tissue residue, which will require specialized cleaning.
Trauma scene cleanup may be an expensive endeavor because of the difficulties involved when dealing with any materials which may bear pathogens or other bacteria that may be the result of death or released at the time of death. It may be made even more difficult due to the natural human aversion to being around or handling human remains. This is just another reason why it is important to bring in a professional who is trained in trauma scene cleanup.
As is the case with any restoration company, it is important to begin the process as soon as possible, namely due to the threat of additional damage being done if the problem is left alone for an extended period. This is especially true when dealing with biohazard situations as it may present a serious threat to other persons in the area. Once the crime scene has been officially released, it is important for a trauma cleanup crew to be able to be onsite within the hour to being the cleanup and restoration process.
The trauma scene cleanup process is designed to restore the area affected to its previous condition, with no remaining evidence of the unfortunate events that may have occurred there. Any and all bodily fluids that may be present must be considered to be biohazards, which must be collected and disposed of according to industry and OSHA specified regulations. The site where the incident occurred will also be treated accordingly through proper decontamination, deodorizing, and disinfection. In some cases, carpeting, wall paper, or other damaged elements may have to be replaced.
Services that Trauma Cleanup Provides
Among the services offered are:
- Blood Cleanup
- Odor Removal
- Death Cleaning
- Suicide Cleanup
- Crime Scene Cleanup
- Trauma Scene Cleanup
- Crime Scene Restoration
- Gross Filth and Hoarding
- Removal Of Biohazard Waste
- Animal Feces and Associated Odors
- Accidents With Blood and Bodily Fluids
- Unattended Death and Decomposition Cleanup
- Other Service of a Biohazard or Infectious Nature
Of course, this is a service that we all hope we never have to utilize, but in the event that we do, it is important to make the right choice when choosing the company that will work on your property in the aftermath of a serious accident or death.