Blood-Borne Pathogens: The Dangers of Blood and Bodily Fluids

Recently, an official from a Ronald McDonald House called us about an accident that occurred at the house and which involved copious amounts of blood. Prior to the call, volunteers at the house had cleaned up the accident scene, despite the major risk of blood-borne pathogens (BPP). After the fact, officials were concerned about the welfare of their volunteers and of the public whom they serve, and they wanted our advice about the safest and most effective way to handle future accidents like this. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world stay at the 307 Ronald McDonald Houses in the United States to be near their critically ill children and their children’s medical team. Many houses serve more than 2,000 families a year. With this much public traffic, accidents are bound to happen. We told the official who called us that laymen should NEVER attempt to…

Elevator Malfunction Trauma Cleanup in Biloxi, Mississippi

Elevated Trauma Cleanup Derrek was terribly shaken when he made the call to Advanced Bio Treatment for emergency trauma cleanup services.  Managing a mid-sized hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi had its ups and downs, but this was his first encounter with an accident of this magnitude. It was such a relief to talk to someone who just took over and asked all the questions.  When I called Advanced Bio Treatment, the operator helped to diffuse the chaos in my mind and assured me that their team of technicians were prepared to clean the entire elevator shaft and the gruesome mess left on the lobby floor. This wasn't Advanced Bio Treatment's first experience with an elevator accident, but it is rare to encounter these types of malfunctions.  Usually, elevator accidents involve some component of user error or horseplay. This time was different, however, because the trauma was caused by a technician bypassing a…

Raw Sewage for Breakfast in Springfield, Massachusetts

The Down and Dirty on Raw Sewage Anyone who's had raw sewage back up into their home knows what a nightmare the repercussions are.  The sheer expense alone is enough to make someone sick, not to mention the bacterial, viral, and parasitic concerns.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), over seven million people a year become ill due to exposure to raw sewage.  And seven percent of those people suffer from severe, sometimes fatal illnesses. Bacterial infections are certainly a concern with the risk of exposure to Escherichia coli (E. coli), Campylobacter, Salmonella, Leptospira, and Shigella to name a few.  All of which are rampant in raw sewage.  Viruses are also commonly contracted from contact with sewage backups.  Rotavirus, adenovirus, Norwalk virus, Hepatitis A, and the frightening Poliomylitis Virus are likely present as well.  If somehow you've avoided becoming contaminated with one of these viruses or bacteria, there's always a…

Death Scene Cleanup in Owensboro, Kentucky

Advanced Bio Treatment Believes in Compassion First Our team at Advanced Bio Treatment is here to help families and business all across the U.S. when tragedy strikes.  Our goal is to lighten the burden, even if it is simply by respectfully and compassionately assisting in the removal of a loved-one's remains from a traumatic death or cleaning and recovering a gruesome death scene.  Sometimes, more important than our highly advanced decontamination services and biohazard removal expertise is our ability to shield you and your family from suffering further trauma when the daunting task of "cleaning up" is necessary. Two years ago, a team of our technicians was called out to a small farmhouse on the outskirts of Owensboro, Kentucky.  The scene was a brutal one in which a child had been fatally injured by a riding lawn mower.  It was a friend of the family that called and requested our services, knowing that…

Unattended Death Cleanup in Mobile Alabama

Unattended Death Cleanup Mobile Alabama is home to the first Mardi Gras and grand, century-old oak trees and exemplifies the Old South and its deep history with charm.  Ernest and his wife of almost 70 years, Fayla, had grown up together in Mobile, married when they were nineteen-years-old, and had four children and a beautiful life together.  Ernest wouldn’t have dreamed of leaving Fayla’s side, not even for a night, and spent his days caring for her in their Victorian home near the bay.  Ernest’s oldest son, James, suspected that his father was suffering from dementia and was beginning to see signs like confusion with the names of his own children and disorientation when navigating anywhere other than his own home.  It wasn't until the morning after a violent storm had hit their town, flooding streets and leaving many without electricity, that James discovered just how far advanced his father's dementia…