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Blood Cleanup Information
We need blood cleanup following blood spills from homicides, suicides, unattended deaths, and decomposition. There's a rule that says human blood presents a biohazard from bloodborne pathogens, germs. So blood cleanup by professional blood cleanup practitioners became a genuine form of employment in California.
The circumstances associated with blood spills can obviously vary greatly depending on the volume and type of contact surface. A small amount of blood, if splashed, can cover a large surface area. A large volume, if undisturbed on a flat surface, can pool in a relatively small area. Because of the unpredictable nature of spills and the various volumes, each incident must be evaluated by a designated and trained individual (i.e. REM, Building Service Supervisor, PUFD personnel, or a PUPD detective or investigator).
Indoor spills can either be cleaned by in-house service staff, or Building Services can be contacted to dispatch a clean-up crew. Outdoor spills can also be handled by in-house staff, Building Services, or in cases of large volume spills (accidents), the PUFD. After consultation with REM, assigned individuals from these areas will be authorized to contact an outside vendor in the event of a major spill.
Note: blood spill clean-up procedures should only be utilized by employees who are current with their annual Bloodborne Pathogen Training.
In California, blood cleanup following a homicide, suicide, or unattended death ought to be done by a professional cleaner. At times, blood releases from the human body will include other potentially infectious materials (OPIM).
Some will find that a professional blood cleanup service costs too much. For these people we recommend that they gather information and prepare ahead of time. Visit do it yourself blood cleanup on Google. Also read on.
Biohazards exist in all human blood. Some of these germs have deadly risks for some of us under the right conditions for these germs. It's important that all blood cleanup reduce risks for germs by infected blood or tissue from crime scenes, suicides, unattended deaths, and human decompositions. Infectious death scenes need boundaries for stopping unwanted visitors. Isolation of the entire scene from visitors helps to ensure their safe being and potentials for liability. A responsible party can be chosen early on in the cleaning process. This person can come and go into the blood cleanup area. Otherwise, everyone else stays out but for the cleaners.
Blood Cleanup's Biohazards
- Wet blood -- usually following recent blood loss or has water or other liquids added to it;
- Moist blood -- usually shows coagulating began while and blood no longer moves with gravity, floor slant, wicking, or air movement;
- Dry flaky blood -- usually shows that blood completely dried out and has coagulated and flaked.
- Dripping blood from a compressed object qualifies the dripping blood and compressed object as biohazards.
Blood Cleanup Recommendations
- Wear gloves;
- Wear eye and mouth protection;
- Wear protective foot gear capable of sustaining a heavy washing by hand;
- Wear plastic or rubber protective garments like Tyvek or other products from Home Depot, Lowes, and other hardware stores;
- Use razor sharp carpet cutting tools (Bloody Mary) for carpet cutting;
- Use extension polls --
Wearing gloves creates a boundary between blood's germs and the skin of the cleaner. Elbow high rubber gloves at Harbor Freight offer great protection against blood's germs, bloodborne pathogens. A simple puncture in your skin by a hypodermic needle can ruin your plans for a long time.
Covering one's eyes with goggles helps to protect them from blood splash and chemical burns. Nothing good comes out of a bleach contact to a pupil. So wearing protection goes without saying, almost
Likewise, protection for the nose and mouth must offer the necessary covering to avoid blood intrusion into the mouth or nose. Some people choose to wear paper masks used while painting. These masks work fine for small blood cleanup jobs. They will not help much for reducing odors. Other people prefer spending a little more money for a good surgical mask. Professional biohazard cleanup practitioners wear half-face and full-face respirators for many of their blood cleanup tasks. As with all work, it's a matter of judging how much protection to wear. Experience usually leads to understanding what to wear. As a result, the novice needs to ensure that they have more than enough protection during blood cleanup. Stuff happens at the least expected time during this very filthy and stinky chore.
There's no excuse for using poor foot gear. Three opposing philosophies for footgear appear to have biohazard cleanup practitioner's attention.
- Shoe covers: shoe covers work well enough when they work at all. When they do work well, easy removal adds to their overall usefulness. Problems with shoe covers include their tendency to come off or wear off during prolonged periods of work.
- Tennis shoes or running shoes: foot gear of this nature have cleaners attention for a number of reasons. They have low purchase costs, which enables cleaners to throw them out if they choose after one clearing or two; they go on and come off easily enough; they store easily, and they clean well enough in wash machines.
- Construction boots; construction boots speak for themselves; built to last and protect feet under the heaviest construction (demolition) and cleaning tasks, construction boots allow for aggressive, thoroughly cleaning inside and out. Priced from about $30 to $130 (steel toe), these boots serve well for many cleaning jobs. On the downside, they store poorly, will not machine wash, and take some time to put on and take off.
Numbers 2 and 3 will probably serve most blood cleanup practitioners without causing problems by slipping off.
Have a safe means of exit and a place to decontaminate yourself and clothing and foot gear.
Cleaning often often takes weather considerations into account, especially for unattended deaths. These deaths may have lead to partial or total decomposition, depending on weather conditions. Spring and summer cause the human body to decompose quickly. As a result, odors will have a stronger fragrance. Flies and maggots may have settled in, requiring a greater range of cleaning. Know to that the following blood conditions may exist as biohazardous blood:
Wet Blood Cleanup
Wet capable of dripping, soaking, or draining across floors, cross beams, and more. Web blood wicks up walls given contact with dry wall. It spreads across ceilings from above floors. Wet blood soils, stains, and contaminates by touching, soaking, draining, falling upon objects, including cleaners.
When possible, we vacuum web blood for disposal down a sanitary sewer (toilets or utility sinks). Otherwise we cause it to soak into disposable paper towels or cotton fabric for disposal in red bags or washing in wash machines, respectably. We find wet blood soon after a traumatic injury. Upon non-porous surfaces wet blood migrates readily with air movement or less than level surfaces. With time, blood soon begins to dry out or loose its fluid properties and becomes moist, rather than wet,
Moist Blood Cleanup
Moist blood offers biohazardous conditions by causing unwanted contact with unprotected skin, eyes, nose or mouth. Moist blood remains in its most conditions for prolonged periods of time when it soaks into carpet padding, drains under layers of floor of linoleum or other non-porous surfaces. Moist blood coagulates slowly when protected from open air and becomes heavily laden with decaying odors.
We remove moist blood carefully by adding bleach and surfactant solutions and then vacuuming, soaking, or even mopping it up. Usually considered biohazardous even when bleach works upon moist blood, we do allow its disposal down sanitary sewers.
Flaked Dry Blood Cleanup
Dry flaky blood sometimes becomes aerosolized. Under some conditions it may find a way into your body, like through a finger's contact with an eye. Do not wipe your eyes when working with blood. Do not touch your mouth. Do not consumer food while doing blood cleanup.
Flaked dry blood has several safe approaches to its removal. Since we do not want to see it in the air, lightly spray flaked blood with a simple window glass spray bottle. Use a bleach and water solution. Cause the flaked blood to become moist, but not wet. It should have a moisture consistency, not mushy or runny. A nylon broom will serve for pushing this matter into a metal dust pan. Then drop it in a toilet and flush. Always check your toilet to ensure that it works properly before using for blood cleanup.
Use paper towels to keep wet blood from moving about the floor or other flat surfaces. Towels may be left to dry for later disposal. When possible, use a toilet to flush towels down a working toilet. Always check the toilet before beginning work. Be prepared to use a toilet plunger if you place too much paper in the toilet at once. Also, you may want to place paper towels in three thick plastic bags. Straight bleach will bleach out these towels under certain conditions. Notable heat created by bleach and blood's reactions become apparent in a short period of time. Enough bleach and enough time will kill blood germs.
Just the same, we treat blood with respect during any and all blood cleanup tasks.
Dripping wet blood has its problems and leads us to consider it as a universally infectious material. This means that any human blood is suspect and cannot be trusted. It's usually best to work with blood from a distance. By pouring bleach on it a decontaminating process will begin. As work progresses it does not hurt to add fresh bleach, but not so much as to cause it to become mobile.
Of course we try to pour blood down a toilet or utility sink (sanitary sewer) whenever possible. There's really no good reason to remove this infectious material from a building if we can be rid of it on the premises. Most California blood cleanup tasks allow for sanitary sewer disposal in this way. When in doubt, call your local health department or water department. It happens that raw sewage readily destroys blood's germs.
Thoroughly wash hands.
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General. Universal precautions shall be observed to prevent contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials. Under circumstances in which differentiation between body fluid types is difficult or impossible, all body fluids shall be considered potentially infectious materials.
Useful disinfectants may be found here:
Blood Spills: see index at http://www.bccdc.org/downloads/pdf/epid/reports/CDManual_
Use bleach disinfection and causing color loss in fabrics, but remember that it corrodes metals. Known as a a "midrange disinfectant," bleach serves for killing many types of bacteria. Less expensive and found on most market shelves, bleach does what many professional cleaning solutions clamed that they do.
Keep bleach away from your eyes. Be sure to wash it from your skin if it makes contact. Try not to inhale it at any time. When pouring blench near a commode or urinal, be prepared for a danger chemical reaction between the bleach and ammonia in urine. The leaked or sprayed onto floors by males creates a dangerous gas when mixed with bleach during blood cleanup. It seems only natural to pour bleach near or on toilets when someone has died nearby or even on a toilet. Still, leave the are immediately if such a reaction occurs.
California Baby Boomers at greater Hepatitis C Risk
Keep this information in mind when cleaning after a baby boomers traumatic injury or death cleanup.
Until recently blood cleanup practitioners worried about hepatitis C more than the Human Immune Deficiency virus (HIV). Now the tables have changed, slightly. A cure grows closer everyday as medical scientists seeks answers and solutions to the hepatitis virus.
Transmitted by blood transfusions and dirty syringes used by intravenous drug users, Epithetic C kills more often than not, it appears. Crime scene cleaners know too well about blood cleanup following a Epithetic C victim's anticipated, but unexpected death scene. Toilet, bathroom floor, hallway carpet and bedroom carpet all become stained. More often than not, blood begins oozing from all orifices. Blood cleanup becomes a widespread task with needs for different chemicals and cleaning tools.
Sometimes the blood loss begins with a fecal discharge in bed or on the toilet. Before long the suffering victim contaminates a wide area of their living space. Once on the telephone calling 911 or friends and family, or all, their panic subsides as they lose consciousness than life. Meanwhile, their residence often needs biohazard cleanup because of the hepatitis C's infectious nature.
Deaths from liver-destroying hepatitis C are on the rise among baby boomers. Although we are all at risk, those born between 1945 and 1965 should get a one-time blood test to check if their livers harbor this ticking time bomb. The reason: Two-thirds of people with hepatitis C are in this age group, most unaware that a virus that takes a few decades to do its damage has festered since their younger days.
Death from heart attack often leaves blood cleanup work in the bathroom and on the floor. We find this occurring most often around the elderly, today's "baby boomers." What happens to these baby boomers is that they slowly build up plaque in their arteries. In the morning hours as they await they visit the restroom in while sitting on the toilet, they force themselves to defecate. During this time the stomach diaphragm moves upward toward the heart. This creates pressure on the heart as the baby boomers continues to force themselves. Now the heart is overtaxed early in the morning and literally explodes from the pressure buildup in the diseased arteries.
Falling to the floor the decedents begins to bleed from the nose and mouth and sometimes from the rectum. Blood flows and requires blood cleanup, but since death usually occurs instantly or nearly instantly, blood cleanup does not usually involve a lot of property destruction or work. Sometimes this blood cleanup will require removal of carpet near the bathroom. Coroner's employees sometimes pull the decedent onto hallway carpets while creating more working room. Blood cleanup tasks increase in scope as a result.
What cleanup on a carpet is almost forbidden. Any heavy soiling, any blood buildup creating saturation of the carpet, requires removal of that portion of the carpet. Sometimes blood cleanup will require removing blood from a concrete or wood floor below the carpet. This type of blood cleanup requires scrubbing and rinsing and then ceiling. Usually bleach is used before sealing the floor.
I by Zinnsser B-I-N and spray cans and small pints. Occasionally I will buy a gallon of Zinnsser B-I-N, but I do not recommend doing this. It takes a long time to use up a gallon of Zinnsser B-I-N from blood cleanup. Before it is used it is usually knocked over and spill. Sometimes it begins to gel. It is best to go ahead and use a small can or two spray cans of Zinnsser B-I-N for blood cleanup ceiling. Although Zinnsser B-I-N cost about USD4.15 years ago. It is now up to about eight dollars and I expect to see regarding nine dollars. His only expense is that up as we do more blood cleanup. So there is some motivation to go ahead and buy a gallon.