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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 and

eventually 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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9) Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, www.tceq.com

10) Texas Department of State Health Services, Statistical Information, www.tdh.state.tx.us

11) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov

12) U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), www.osha.gov

13) Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality

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15) Department of Health - Public Health Stats - Florida http://www.doh.state.fl.us/planning_eval/intro.html

16) State of North Carolina Illegal Methamphetamine Laboratory Decontamination and Re-occupancy Guidelines APRIL 2005 VERSION 1.1 

17) www.Drug-Rehabs.org

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20) The North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology – Methamphetamine Residue

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