A traumatic event, such as a murder or a suicide, can leave everyone affected in a state of shock. You may not know what to do next. First, you’ll want to call a trauma cleanup team, like ServiceMaster DSI in Leawood, KS. You can trust that we’ll clean the space thoroughly and with compassion, allowing you to take care of your loved ones.
Why is it so important to hire experts? How do experts effectively clean the scene of a trauma?
Why Hire Experts for Trauma Cleanup
Bloodborne pathogens are likely to get released during a traumatic event. These pathogens stay infectious for a relatively long time. For example, hepatitis B and C viruses remain infectious for as long as two weeks after an incident.
You need to hire experts for trauma cleanup since they have access to necessary disinfectants, cleaning equipment, as well as personal protective equipment to clean up the area effectively and safely.
Important Steps Professionals Perform to Carry Out Cleanup
Step 1: Sharps Removal
First, technicians check the incident scene for the presence of sharp objects such as needles, knives, broken glass, etc. If these things are found, the experts will carefully discard the items into special containers (puncture resistant).
Step 2: Cleanup of Contaminated Surfaces
Removal of Contamination: If there is pooled blood on the floor (or any other hard surface) the experts will use a microencapsulating agent that effectively converts any type of liquid into a solid.
By using a microencapsulating agent, the removal of contamination becomes a much easier task, which allows professionals to quickly move on to the next step of disinfecting contaminated surfaces.
Disinfect Surfaces: Trauma cleanup experts utilize appropriate disinfectants (like bleach solution) and allow the required dwell time (i.e., a dwell time of 20 minutes) for desired results.
Disposing Unsalvageable Items: Technicians understand how to evaluate whether it will be possible to salvage a certain item (i.e., furniture cushions, mattresses, carpets, curtains, etc.) or not and will dispose items that will be impossible to salvage (for instance, if things are soaked in blood).
Step 3: Proper Disposal
After the cleanup is completed, the final step of disposal is performed with care being taken to ensure that proper biohazard bags are used for disposing of waste materials, personal protective equipment, and other things that were used for cleaning purposes.
As we can see, trauma cleanup is a complex task, and it’s necessary to make note of different aspects to perform cleanup in the correct manner.
You can rely on ServiceMaster DSI for proper cleanup after a trauma incident. Just give us a call on our customer support helpline at (816) 527-9412.