California Death Cleanup Information
In California, death cleanup starts after the police and coroner complete their death investigation. They must document cause of death as homicide, suicide, unattended death, or as natural causes or accident. Identification of the deceased often lends to their tasks. Biohazard cleanup then follows. Death cleanup is synonomous with biohazard cleanup because death may lead to blood cleanup issues. Blood cleanup means there's biohazard cleanup required. These two are often synonomous, especially regarding death cleanup.
Death cleanup shocks us and it causes us to look for a way out of the task at hand; it shoud because death cleanup occurs so seldom in so few lives these days. Today we expect to die in a hospital. Or, we expect to die in bed and then our family will have us removed quickly. It's not always so, though, with so many unattended deaths occuring because of our social isolation. Not just our economics, but our drive, our desire, to live alone. So we end up with death cleanup taking on the character of an unattended death cleanup.
California must rank as one of our United States' scenes for frequent death cleanup needs.
More death cleanup information will be found on my crime scene cleanup web page.
- Biowaste extraction
- Biowaste decontamination
- Biowaste removal
- Solid waste removal
- Remove mattress as needed
- Remove furniture as needed
- Remove clothing as needed
- Remove floor as needed
- Remove walls as needed
- Disinfect entire room or rooms
- Chemical fog as needed
- Ozone as needed
- Seal part or total room
- Crime Scene Cleanup ( IICRC )
- Carpet Cleaning ( IICRC )
- Decontamination - Nuclear, Biological, Checmical (US Army)
- Floor Inspection ( IICRC )
- Home Inspection - ( AHIT )
- Mold Inspection and Remediation ( NAMP )
- Upholstery Cleaning ( IICRC )
- Water Damage and Restoration ( IICRC )
- AA, BA, MS
- Seven years death cleanup experience
What do we mean by biohazard in terms of death cleanup?
Usually we mean blood, blood products, and other potentiall infectious materials (OPIM). To qualify as a biohazard, usually, blood must be wet, moist, or dried and flaky. For example, anytime a fabric or other object capable of holding blood can be compressed and blood comes out, it is biohazardous. Likewise, moist blood also qualifies as biohazardous. This is so because moist blood may rub off onto an open wound when death cleanup takes place. Most usually in California's dry hot weather, blood does not remain wet or moist for long. Under certain conditions, though, blood will remain wet or moist for days. This means that death cleanup should take place sooner than later becaus of odors and insects.
What sort of conditions keep blood wet or moist in California's dry weather? Often a homicide, suicide, or unattended death causes a great quantity of blood to soil the death scene. As a result blood may migrate along a floor to a wall. Sometimes blood seeps between walls and flooring. Sometimes when a vinyl-like floor surface rests upon another older vinyl-like surface, blood will seep between these two layers. Between these two layers blood remains wet or moist for a prolonged period of time. I cannot say how long because every such environment has its differences.
Usually death cleanup practitioners face dried, flaky blood when cleaning up blood in California. Here contamination follows from airborne blood contacting eyes, inhalation, and entering the digestive tract through the mouth.
California death cleanup involves odors and and insect contamination in a fairly short time because of heat. These problems take time to resolve. During cleaning there are no short-cuts. Thorough cleaning must take place and complete disinfection -- sanitizing, must take place.
Always wear gloves if you must work near biohazard materials. Usining etc., you can use household rubber gloves." Wear protection over eyes, nose, and mouth. Have a safe means of exit and a place to decontaminate yourself and clothing.
I use rubber gloves when working near flaked blood. I place paper towels over blood (wet or moist too) and lightly mosten with a disinfectant (bleach) from frome a few feet away. It's important not to spash blood. Splashing blood accounts for the second most risk from blood in our nation's hospitals. Needle stick comes in first place for injuries to medical staff, which number about 200 deaths a year from bloodborne pathogens like HIV and Hepatitis C.
In any case, make wide, misting applications to the paper towels' surface. Here, as elsewhere, a bleach and water solution at least to a strength of 1:10 will help to nutrailize pathogens, germs; before removing blood, ensure that it is moist enough not to flake, but not dripping.
Once dried, if not flaked, blood soiled paper towel may be discarded in most county landfills. It's best to check with your landfill operatiors before doing so, though. TOP
Keep in mind that working near blood requires a universally considered infectious approach. This means whatever its source, blood is infectious no matter where. So this information must temper information in previous paragraphs. Again, contain blood from afar; disinfect it. Pour blood down the sanitary sewer if you are not going to seal it for transfer.
Thoroughly wash hands.
General. Universal precautions shall be observed to prevent contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials. Under circumstances in which differentiation between body fluid types is difficult or impossible, all body fluids shall be considered potentially infectious materials. (return)
We can apply chemicals to help increase odor's reduction. Always ventilate well. Use fans and open windows when possible.
Keep in mind that HIV may exist in semen, vaginal fluid, or breast milk. Working near or with these fluids requires just as much caution as does blood. Any contamination by these fluids, like blood, in the eyes, nose, mouth, or open wounds requires flushing with great quantities of fresh, cool water. Then a trip to an emergency room follows. Do not take contamination issues lightly.
I always recommend gloves when around those with AIDS. Cooking and cleaning require gloves. Keep in mind that AIDS can make you deadly sick. An AIDS patient has a high risk of contracting many different types of infectious conditions and can transfer these to others without anyone knowing what's coming. So it's important to keep Universal Precautions in place and working full-time.
Diarrhea occurs from a few types of germs. Another cause of diarrhea is the cryptosporidiosis parasite. This parasite spreads quickly by feces contamination. One door knob or door handle in a public restroom has a capability of passing on these germs to dozens of people. Some people cannot survive a bout with diarrhea. Besides contact by hand, contaminated water, raw food, and other sources become habitat for these germs.
AIDS patients have a susceptability to TB. Any time a cough for one of these patients continues beone a week, they need a medical checkup pronto. Although extremely infectious, TB's wrath subsides with application of correct medication.
Bloody feces from an AIDS infected person becomes a deadly biohazrd for other people. By wearing gloves and routinely washing one's hands, this risk soon becomes reduced with ever present awareness and good quality gloves.
When taking gloves off, peel them off inside out. Whenever working near enough blood to splash, wear an apron or Tyvek type of protecting clothing. Never work with splashable quantities of blood without adequate protective clothing.
Always have a mixture of bleach and water ready for
Some AIDS patients require needles for diabetes and other diseases requiring medicine injection. Some people inject heroin and other illicit drugs with needles and syringes. Always work with your hands in sight to avoid needless needle stick. Placing hands into a pile of clothing, blankets, sheets, and other material places your health at risk. Needle stick represents the number one cause of medical staff deaths in California.
It's important, also, to use a professional death cleanup practitioner when homicide, suicide, and unattended death leaves large quantities of blood for cleanup. Feel free to call my telephone number any time for death cleanup anywhere in California. My death cleanup prices are fair and reasonable.
Beware of corruption in coroner and administrator's department. County employees should never refer blood cleanup companies. If they do, something's wrong.