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Unattended Death and Traumatic Environments Cleaning

Environments that arise from biohazardous events such as suicides, murders or homicides, crime or trauma scenes, and accidents produce medical waste.  Our fully-compliant trauma scene decontamination technicians are experienced in remediation and will respond with the sensitivity and capability needed to resolve the issues inherent to environments affected by biohazardous medical waste.  

 

We clean property such as apartment and homes affected by methamphetamine (meth) lab residue and/or include blood from a suicide or crime scene. Our processes will restore use to the environment.  We also offer safe needle disposal (Biohazard Waste Disposal) for doctors, dentists, clinics, and funeral homes. 

 

Once the emergency responders such as the police and coroners leave the scene of the crime or traumatic event, the family or property owner is facing the responsibility of the remediation of the affected environment.  The police and the coroner are not responsible for the biological material left behind.  The task assigned to these first responders is to perform the investigation protocol and remove the deceased should a death be involved.  

 

Trauma Scene Biohazard Remediation

Depending on the violence associated with the event, the remaining biological material will vary in concentration and distribution.  Not only are the biological factors important but also factors such as the length of clandestine methamphetamine manufacturing or the amount of tear gas canisters that penetrated the area.  

 

We understand the challenges that are inherent, emotional and physical, to these biohazardous environments.   

 

Safe, Compliant Processes and Disposal

Obviously, this task is for a professional company who specializes in these OSHA and EPA compliant services related to regulated medical waste.  This service is not just a part of a wide collection of diversified services.  Biological and meth residue remediation and safe needle disposal are our primary business....Request a Quote.  

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Current Topics: Pandemic Influenza

 

In the last century, three influenza pandemics have swept the globe.  In 1918, the first pandemic (the “Spanish Flu”) killed over 500,000 Americans and more than 20 million people worldwide.  One-third of the U.S. population was infected and the average life 

expectancy was reduced by 13 years.  

 

Pandemics in 1957 and 1968 killed tens of thousands of Americans and millions across the world.  There is evidence that viruses from birds played a role in each of those outbreaks.

 

During late 2003 and early 2004, outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza A (H5N1) occurred among poultry in 8 countries in Asia: Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. At that time, more than 100 million birds either died from the disease or were destroyed in an attempt to prevent further spread of the disease. 

 

Today’s threat is from a new influenza strain, influenza A (H5N1).  H5N1 is spreading through bird populations across Asia, Africa, and Europe, infecting domesticated birds, including ducks and chickens, and long-range migratory birds.  The first recorded appearance of H5N1 in humans occurred in Hong Kong in 1997.  Since then, the virus has infected hundreds in the Eastern Hemisphere, with a mortality rate of over 50 percent (WHO).

 

By late February 2004, countries in Asia were reporting that the avian influenza outbreak among poultry had been contained (WHO).  Beginning in late June 2004, new outbreaks of lethal avian influenza A (H5N1) infection among poultry were reported by several countries in Asia: Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

 

Since May 2005, outbreaks of H5N1 disease have been reported among poultry in China, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine. China, Croatia, Mongolia, and Romania also have reported outbreaks of H5N1 in wild, migratory birds since May 2005.

 

The avian influenza A (H5N1) epizootic (animal outbreak) in Asia and parts of Europe is not expected to diminish significantly in the short term. It is likely that H5N1 infection among birds has become endemic in certain areas and that human infections resulting from direct contact with infected poultry will continue to occur. So far, the spread of H5N1 virus from person-to-person has been rare and has not continued beyond one person. 

 

There is little pre-existing natural immunity to H5N1 infection in the human population. If these H5N1 viruses gain the ability for efficient and sustained transmission among humans, an influenza pandemic could result, with potentially high rates of illness and death.

 

National Strategy

On November 1, 2005, President George W. Bush announced the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza, a comprehensive approach to addressing the threat of pandemic influenza.  

 

The strategy outlined how we are preparing for, and how we will detect and respond to a potential pandemic.  Following this announcement, our Nation took a series of historic steps to address the pandemic threat.  In December 2005, Congress appropriated $3.8 billion for this strategy.  

 

The International Partnership for Avian and Pandemic Influenza, which launched at the United Nations in September 2005, has encouraged openness and coordinated action by the international community.  In the United States, we have made major investments in vaccine and antiviral development, research into the influenza virus, surveillance for disease in animals and humans, and the local, State, and Federal infrastructure necessary to respond to a pandemic.

 

The National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza announced by President George W. Bush consisted of a three-pronged approach to responding to potential pandemic threats: 
(1) preparedness and communication; 
(2) surveillance and detection; and 
(3) response and containment.  

 

President Obama refined this strategy in the Fall of 2014 with the $6.2 billion request to fight Ebola.  In a compromise bill, $5.4 billion in funding won approval.  The difference in what was requested and approved was the amount the U.S. was funding to train healthcare workers and burial participants in West Africa (Physician’s Money Digest).   This funding led to the strengthening of our healthcare infrastructure in the form of training and logistics to contain andeventually end the Ebola infection in West Africa.   

 

The goals of the Federal Government’s response to a pandemic are to: 
(1) stop, slow, or otherwise limit the spread of a pandemic to the United States; 
(2) limit the domestic spread of a pandemic, and mitigate disease, suffering and death;
(3) sustain infrastructure and mitigate impact to the economy and the functioning of society.

 

The central pillar of the pandemic response will be in communities.  The distributed nature of a pandemic, as well as the sheer burden of disease across the Nation over a period of months or longer merits a unique response.  The Federal Government’s support in a pandemic to any particular State, Tribal Nation, or community will be limited in comparison to the aid it mobilizes for disasters such as earthquakes or hurricanes, which strike a more confined geographic area over a shorter period of time.

 

Local communities will have to address the medical and non-medical effects of the pandemic with available resources.  It is essential for communities, tribes, States, and regions to have plans in place to support the full spectrum of their needs over the course of weeks or months, and for the Federal Government to provide clear guidance on the manner in which these needs can be met.  

 

In addition to this local response protocol, to be most effective, these measures require international preparation and coordination.  The Federal Government will work with the World Health Organization (WHO) and through diplomatic contacts to strengthen these international mechanisms.    

 

Reform

The goal of contemporary health statute development continues to be a balance consisting of a clear hazardous environment that it covers, the clarity of the powers to control this environment, and perform this service to public health while preserving the rights of the individual.  

 

The Federal Government will work with the World Health Organization (WHO) and through diplomatic contacts to strengthen these international mechanisms.  Our country’s response will configure our own Departments and Agencies to deploy personnel and material in support of an international response upon the first reports of suspected outbreaks (National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza, Executive Summary).

 

During this transformation into a more prepared stance to fight a potential pandemic, there will most likely be a renewed interest in clearly defining the role of the local agency by modernizing public health law.  With more clearly defined actions and enforcement procedures dictated under contemporary statutes, the first responders will be armed with better knowledge of how to react to a danger to public health and the proper remediation of the environment that holds the danger.  

 

First responders (such as police, EMS, and coroners) now have better-defined reactions to environments they respond to that are contaminated with bloodborne pathogens, viral, and bacteria hazards.

 

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6) The Department of Rural Sociology Texas A&M University System, Steve H. Murdock, Steve White, MD. Nazrul Hoque, Beverly Pecotte, Xiuhong You, Jennifer Balkan, The Texas Challenge in the Twenty-First Century: Implications of Population Change for the Future of Texas, December 2002

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Illinois Crime Stats

Chicago – Chicago is the largest city in Illinois with a 2010 population of 2,833,64, saw their robbery rates decline by 10.5% in 2009 rates were at 15,877 and fell to 14,213 in 2010. Chicago’s property crime rate on fell 30%, while the majority of the other crime categories were alongside such as their burglary incidents with a reduction of 1% from 2009 – 2010.

 

Aurora – Aurora a medium size city located in Illinois with a population of 174,255 in 2010, watched as their robbery rates fell 18% from 138 in 2009 to 113 to 2010. Aurora also had a significant reduction of 11% in their property crime rates. Burglary was on the rise from 755 in 2009 to 820 in 2010 an average of 8.6%.

 

Rockford – Rockford with a population of 156,180 in 2010, had a significant decline in robbery from 597 in 2009 to 495 in 2010 an overall 17% decrease. The property crime rate in Rockford also fell 10% from 2009 to 2010. After comparing Rockford’s crime rates in 2009 to 2010 there was an increase of 9.5% in their violent crime. 

 

Joliet – Joliet is the 7th largest community in Illinois with a population of 150,723 in 2010, the only reduction in crime rates from 2009 to 2010 in Joliet is their robbery rates which fell 11.3%. An increase in crime rates in Joliet ranged from an 8% increase in property crime rates and also a 6.5% rise in burglary. 

 

Springfield - Springfield is the 6th largest city in Illinois with a 2010 population of 117,383 and unfortunately after looking at the comparison in crime rates from 2009 to 2010 the was an increase in majority of the crime categories, such as robbery and burglary which increased 27%.  Property crime incidents only slightly rose a 5.4% since 2009 to 2010.

 

The city of Aurora had a population of 201,599 in 2017 and experienced changes in crime rates such as murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, property crime, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson.  Aurora, IL saw a 50% drop in the murder rate and a 24% decrease in motor vehicle theft in 2018.

 

The city of Chicago had a population of 2,706,171 in 2017 and experienced changes in crime rates such as murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, property crime, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson.  Chicago, IL saw a 24% decrease in the murder rate and a 28% decrease in arson in 2018.

 

The city of Joliet had a population of 148,342 in 2017 and experienced changes in crime rates such as murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, property crime, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson.  Joliet, IL experienced a 40% drop in murder and a 44% decrease in reported rape in 2018.

 

Michigan Crime Stats

Detroit – Detroit with a 2010 population of 899,447 saw their property crime incidents fall from 50,929 in 2009 to 47,787 in 2010. This 6.7% decrease was alongside Detroit’s decline in violent crime rates too. Robberies had a 7.8% decrease and as for burglary the decrease was slightly higher reaching 11%. The Detroit Police Department is utilizing online tools such as Crime Mapping because they realize awareness is prevention and by taking the right steps this is bring community involvement and building a safer environment. 

 

Grand Rapids – Grand Rapids, Michigan with a 2010 population of 191,566 saw some of their numbers inflate in the crime categories of violent crimes it rose a 2.5% alongside the burglary crime rate increase of 13%. Grand Rapids did see a decline in their property crime incidents of 8,835 in 2009 to 7,760 in 2010 an average of 12%, which is close to the decrease in robbery that was 10% from 2009 to 2010. 

 

Warren – Warren had a 2010 population of 132,266 and viewing the crime statistics for 2009 to 2010 they saw a slight decrease in all crime rate categories. The most predominate decline was in Warren’s robberies it was 217 in 2009 and fell to 171 in 2010 about a 21% reduction. The other crime categories that had a mild decrease were Warren’s violent crime rates of 4.25%, and their property crime rates, which were 3,984 in 2009 and fell to 3,703 in 2010 about a 6.5% improvement. 

 

Sterling Heights – Sterling Heights with a 2010 population of 126,291, saw their property crime rates fall from 2,600 in 2009 to 2,415 in 2010. This decline in property crime of 7% was close to the violent crime rate reduction of 6%. Robbery did not show as vast of an improvement only declining 2% since 2009; burglary in Sterling Heights didn’t fluctuate from its 364 in 2009 to 2010. 

 

Lansing – Lansing, Michigan with a population of 112,254 in 2010, crime reports from 2009 vs. 2010 show an overall increase across the board in all part 1 criminal incidents. The highest increase was in Lansing’s property crime incidents, which started at 3,900 in 2009 and raised to 4,193 a 7.5% inflation. Other crimes in Lansing with similar increases were their violent crime rates of 2.7%, robberies increased by 3.15%, and burglary rose 5%.

 

The city of Detroit had a population of 670,792 in 2017 and experienced changes in crime rates such as murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, property crime, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson.  Detroit, MI saw a decrease of 9% in the murder rate and a 43% increase in reported rape in 2018.

 

The city of Grand Rapids had a population of 197,868 in 2017 and experienced changes in crime rates such as murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, property crime, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson.  Grand Rapids, MI saw a drop of 43% in the murder rate and a 49% decrease in motor vehicle theft in 2018.

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