Los Angeles County Blood Cleanup Narrative
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I usually try to respond to Los Angeles County blood cleanup requests on the following day when death is involved, but respond on the same day when a residence or building must continue in use. I say this because Los Angeles County is become very hard to drive through on anyone day because of traffic congestion. Not only traffic congestion causes great delay moving from one end of the county to the other. A simple traffic mishap like a minor traffic accident or even a loose hubcap can backup traffic for many miles. So as a result, when I received blood cleanup calls later in the day I usually schedule the cleanup for the next day.
Human blood is considered biohazardous by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. By default then, any human blood that may come into contact with, or may reasonably be anticipated to come in contact with human beings, must be considered biohazardous. This is so because of the numerous cases of human immunodeficiency (HIV), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C in the Los Angeles County population. Plus, there are unknowns out there and we seem to be learning about these unknown blood disorders, blood-borne pathogens, as the months and years pass.
Human blood consisting of any one of the following characteristics or combination of these blood characteristics is biohazardous:
- wet blood
- moist blood
- dry flaky blood
- blood capable of losing from an object when the object is compressed
As a result of blood-borne pathogen biohazards then, we always try to keep the distance between ourselves in human blood. When cleaning up blood, protective equipment like I protection, protection over the nose and mouth, and protection of skin becomes important.,
Great quantities of blood upon nonporous surfaces can be covered with absorbent materials. Some materials that are absorbent to be flushed down the toilet. Others must be placed in strong plastic bags and then placed in red, biohazard bags for pickup by biohazard transportation company. Some absorbent materials used for blood absorption should also be placed in these bags along with bloodsoaked garments and other fabrics.
Placing bathroom towels over wet blood on floors and other nonporous surfaces will help contain the spread of wet blood a cross floors covered with linoleum, natural stone, and waxed would. Blood and other fluids will begin to migrate across the floor with the tilt of any building even out one or 2 degrees. It is not a good idea to apply liquid disinfectants to standing wet blood until some way of controlling it spread is in place.
Moist blood can be absorbed to some extent. It can also be scraped up and placed on a toilet when possible. If cause the become liquid, it can be vacuumed if the vacuum is properly used. The contents may be placed down the sanitary sewer, toilet. Hospitals, clinics, dental offices, morgues, and mortuaries all use the sanitary sewer for the same purpose. We moist blood dries out it may become flaky.
Objects capable of releasing human blood when compressed include sponges that are used to soak up blood. I do not you sponges tubes were blood because it is difficult to disinfect the sponge. A sponge may be placed in red bag as biohazardous waste. Other objects that are capable of releasing human blood when compressed include towels, clothing, and other fabrics soaked with human blood. When squeeze the whose blood which means it should go in a biohazard bag. Sometimes blood soiled fabrics can be placed in a washing machine. Hospitals use temperatures over 180° and apply bleach to the water.
Dry flaky blood presents issues because it may become airborne. When airborne there's the risk of inoculating the blood cleanup practitioner and the blood flakes reach the eyes, becoming biohazardous contaminents.
Wet and moist blood soon become flaky blood after a few short hours of exposure to the atmosphere. Usually when death cleanup is sought, a homicide, suicide, or unattended death is occurred. In which cases, corners employees have remove the decedent, and a corners investigator has continued investigation into the death. In such cases the blood cleanup cannot begin and Los Angeles County families and businesses must wait to hire a blood cleanup company.
As I apply blood cleanup procedures to any death scenes; I use a hierarchy of cleaning approaches. In this way I know which tools, equipment, and cleaning chemicals I might need. This also gives me an idea of how long it will take for the blood cleanup. For example, a worst-case scenario is called "category three," and in these cases I'm the only person in a room doing blood cleanup work because of the extent of blood contamination. Horrific conditions may also exist in which case we do not one of the people exposed to the category three room.
In such cases pools of blood, heavily blood soaked, saturated carpet, pillows, blankets, mattresses, carpet, carpet padding, clothing, couches, love seats, and other materials must be "reduced."
Examples include bathroom floors covered with vinyl or natural stone or even ceramic tile. On the surface is blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) may easily spread given the opportunity and time. Even a fan will help disperse the blood across the floor. Some victims of blood loss may be on anticoagulants and incidents cases there thinned out blood may be nearly as mobile as water. When blood reaches a crack in a floor it will seep into the crack. When there is a vinyl floor on top of another vinyl floor surface, the blood may even spread between the two vinyl layers. In this case, odors from the blood will be hard to tolerate, even for the most practiced blood cleanup practitioner.
Blood reach any wall in penetrating below wallboard may saturate drywall. In such cases the drywall will need to be replaced. On some occasions the drywall can be scrubbed clean and then sealed with a paint sealer. The baseboard will need to be cleaned and sealed or destroyed. In second floor bathrooms, more issues arise because blood may seep into the below rooms. This is why it's important to contain the spread of wet blood. It is also important to be careful when using disinfectants poured onto blood. We do not want liquids use for blood cleanup to further contaminate the trauma scene.
Blood wicking, which means blood works its way up were just as the wax on the candlewick works its way up the wick as the wick burns candle wax, may occur. Such cases would include wicking up the side of clothing in contact with the blood soiled floor. Likewise wicking can occur to a drywall.
Concrete floors usually lend themselves to a quick blood cleanup. Problems arise when the concrete surface has heavy of a cementation slayer. This is a form like substance that rises to the top of the concrete structure and left to dry. Most often concrete workers will do their best to ensure that concrete surfaces left with a flat, level surface. But when a building for is poured in the concrete not worked well, it is to be expected that this form like substance will occur. In such cases blood will contaminated it may require that the substances ground off.
Grinding blood off of a concrete floor may be as simple task taking no more than an abrasive pad, comet, and something like simple green and bleach. Or, it may require hand grinding with a hand grinder. Although adding to the time and effort of a blood cleanup task, this cementation slayer saturated by blood does not create a catastrophic condition for cleaning. In some rare cases, blood seepage onto a concrete floor poured within one year may saturate well enough that it becomes embedded below the surface. In such cases the floor must be ground. But this is rare.
In most cases, blood on a concrete floor can be cleaned up from a standing position. By simply placing a scrub pad on the floor, applying a cleanser like Comet, water or vinegar, and agitating with a long handled, flat nose shovel, the blood cleanup will occur quickly. The blood can be safely vacuumed and poured down the toilet.
Blood cleanup can continue in this way with new cleaning pads. Paper towels can be used while pushing them about the floor to soak up the blood and residue cleaning solution. These cows can then be shows up in place to bags were bleach is added. These bags are then tied in a knot or preferably, taped closed.
The center for disease control recommends using bleach with water to disinfect nonporous surfaces following blood cleanup. One part bleach to four parts water is often recommended, and some people use one part water the five-parts bleach because of bleaches powerful toxicity. Because bleaches toxic, incidentally, if used on metal surfaces it should be quickly reduced from the surface with clean water.
At times, it may not be a bad idea to add straight bleach in the bags with contaminated materials before closing the bags. But this will depend on the future disposition of said bags.
Blood soaked or blood saturated would floors may require some demolition. This occurs when these floors are poorly maintained and blood soaks into the wood fibers. In some cases they can be restored with standing order powerful scraping tools. Then once again sealed with the wood preservative.
Sometimes blood will seep between the wood floor cracks. In such cases the surface would must be removed to reach the subfloor for cleanup the blood. The surface would should be cleaned off, place in bags, and disposed of. The cleaned subfloor should be decontaminated and sealed with the paint sealer.
When hiring a blood cleanup company Los Angeles County residents will be approached by a Los Angeles County Sheriff-corners employee. One of these employees may offer a "special blood cleanup company" services. This a something like this: "I'm not supposed to do this, but here's a good company to go to." And then this employee will hand the family or business owner a telephone number listed telephone numbers to call. In some cases the employee may even own the company. Most often the employee will receive a 10% kickback. This is been standard policy Los Angeles County for well over 15 years. This all began with blood cleanup in general over the decades, but most certainly it became more common as the human immunodeficiency scare reached Los Angeles County. Takes place in orange County as well as many other counties across the United States. It's called "cronyism" and it is common in Washington DC among Pentagon and corporate officials. Some people call it the "want."