Business & Commercial Property Cleanup in Arlington

Sometimes Advanced Biotreatment gets called to remediate and restore businesses such as office buildings or hotels. You wouldn’t believe the number of suicides I have gotten called to cleanup at someone’s job or at the hotel we’re they have chosen to end it all. Maybe those poor souls believe that they are doing their loved ones a favor by committing the gruesome act somewhere other than the family home. But I’m sure it comes as little comfort to those left behind after the terrible news has been received.

Whether a suicide, murder or accident, there is still the matter of cleanup, even if it’s not a home. Business must go on as usual, with as minimal impact on the operations as possible. ABT is the first call to make after 911. Not only will we restore your property to the condition it was in prior to the incident, but we also minimize the health risks associated with bodily fluids such as blood, urine, feces, semen and dangerous chemicals or drug paraphernalia. No family member, business owner or employee should be responsible for, or attempt, to cleanup after an accident or death.

One call we recently received was from a popular hotel chain in Arlington, VA that will remain anonymous. The manager at the location of the cleanup had been instructed to call us to remediate one of their rooms, specifically the room’s bathroom. From what I could gather, they had had a guest severely injure themself while shaving. To myself, I wondered what sort of shaving mishap we were dealing with, and images of my wife stepping delicately out of the tub with a nicked ankle came to mind. The client, however, made it clear that this was not a typical grooming accident and the copious amount of blood we needed to remove gave an unmistakable indication that indeed something had gone terribly wrong.

Standing in the doorway of the hotel room, I could see a massive pool of blood just in front of the toilet, with evidence of a vein or artery having been cut because blood had squirted a good three feet from the epicenter. Bloody tissues and towels had been discarded haphazardly, obviously a result of a panicked attempt to stem the flow of blood from the injury.

Details of the Injury

As we were to learn, the victim had apparently been in town for some sort of business meeting. When he woke later than he had planned the morning of, he had decided to consolidate some of the steps he took when being ready. He had sat down to use the toilet and oddly enough, in an effort to shorten the time he needed, began to shave his face as well. In his haste, he didn’t recognize that the razor he had brought with him from home had been damaged while in transit. One of the blades had been disturbed, and it protruded from the head of the razor… a disaster just waiting to happen. Which it did.

As he pulled the razor up against the skin of his neck, the broken blade cut deeply into the delicate area, nearly severing in two the jugular vein. Blood shot out, pressurized by the beat of his heart, nearly three feet from where he had sat, and then began pooling at his feet. Needless to say, John Doe didn’t make his business meeting. But fortunately for him, he would live to reschedule.

His travel companion/business partner, who had checked into the room next to his, was just returning with coffee when he found his injured friend. Remembering a hockey game he had witnessed once, where the goalie had sustained a similar injury from an errant blade from a competitor’s skate, and had only been saved by the quick thinking of his trainer who had reached in and held closed the cut vein, our victim’s friend acted swiftly to repeat the move. It saved our victim’s life without question.

As for the scene, it was a fairly routine cleanup and in a matter of hours there was no sign that anything horrible had ever taken place. Since it was not known initially whether or not the victim has any communicable diseases, it was very important that professionals like ABT, who use the proper gear and latest technology, decontaminate the scene to remove any pathogens.

ABT are trained professionals who have the equipment and knowledge to handle any incident involving bio-hazardous material. Blood, urine, feces and other bodily fluids contain pathogens which can be dangerous. Combine that with string chemical cleaning agents and these scenes can pose a significant health risk suited for experts like ABT who are certified by the EPA and OSHA. We will handle everything from removing furniture to working with your insurance company. No family member or loved one should have to face cleaning up after an accident or tragedy… It can be daunting not to mention disturbing to the untrained mind. We will do our best to make it just a distant memory.

Last I heard, John Doe had made it through a successful surgery to repair his damaged vein and was on track to make a full recovery. His friend had also been nominated by a firehouse in their hometown for an award in recognition his speedy action which saved his friend’s life. No word on whether or not John D. has acquired a new love for facial hair, but at least it seems beards are making a strong comeback nowadays if so.

If you need scene clean-up and decontamination guidance, have questions about your payment options, which clean up and decon procedures your current insurance policy covers or require our scene cleanup services immediately, don’t hesitate to give Advanced Bio Treatment a call at:800-295-1684

Ted Pelot Owner & President of Crime Scene Cleanup Company - Advanced Bio-Treatment