After Death Cleaning
When an unfortunate event like suicide, homicide, or unattended death/decomposition occurs it is important to get the area properly cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected. Experts at Valor are certified and trained to clean and remove all bloodborne pathogens that can lead to illness.
What are bloodborne pathogens? Pathogenic microorganisms present in human blood can lead to diseases. Types of bloodborne pathogens are:
- Hepatitis B: 40,000 become newly infected each year
- Hepatitis C: most common chronic bloodborne infection in the U.S.
- HIV: estimated that over 1.1 mm people are living with HIV
- Zika Virus: can spread to workers through contaminated blood or body fluids
- Ebola Virus: can spread to workers through contaminated blood or body fluids
- Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)
Contamination Sources are blood or other potentially infectious materials, including human body fluids, human organs, or tissue, spread through:
- Direct contact
- Indirect contact
- Respiratory transmission
- Vector-borne transmission (bite, sting)
Exposure occurs through needlesticks, cuts from contaminated sharp objects, and contact of mucous membranes or broken skin with contaminated blood
- Occupations at risk include first responders, cleaning personnel, nurses, and other healthcare workers
- CDC estimates that 5.6 mm workers in healthcare and related occupations are at risk
- Any occupational exposure to blood or human tissue places workers at risk
What You Need to Know About Cleaning Blood (Suicide, Homicide, Unattended Death, Decomposition, and Blood Spills)
Cleaning up blood and biohazard material requires special precautions to reduce the risk and spread of bloodborne pathogens. Individuals and homeowners should not clean up scenes themselves. Technicians need proper PPE, cleaning solutions (not store-bought i.e. bleach), and equipment to contain and disinfect the area. When biohazard material is removed from the home you also need to make sure it is put in an autoclave and not the trash, which can lead to exposing the greater population.
If you’re in need of after-death or suicide cleanup services, our trained and compassionate team is on hand 24/7/365 to assist you. Please call 855-476-4911 for a free consultation regarding our services.