Crime Scene Cleaners in Baltimore
and surrounding areas
Once law enforcement has finished their investigation, many people need help when a crime and/or death has resulted in a rather disturbing cleanup situation at their residence or business. The crime scene cleanup professionals at Advanced Bio-Treatment in Baltimore are ready to take care of it. No family should have to clean up after a loved one has been a crime victim or has passed away. Advanced Bio-Treatment of Baltimore has the knowledge and experience required to ensure that your home or business is once again safe for your family or employees.
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The teams of professionals at Advanced Bio-Treatment are also fully trained in the removal and disposal of the materials used in the processing of a crime scene, from cleaning up fingerprint dust to removing the toxic chemicals left behind by the use of tear gas. These and other materials used to process a crime scene can pose a health risk to your family or employees and they must be disposed of in order to render the site safe again.
Advanced Bio-Treatment of Baltimore will assess the scene and coordinate with law enforcement and other crime investigators to ensure proper handling of that scene. All crime scenes must be released by law enforcement before any cleanup can begin in order to eliminate the possibility of disturbing the crime scene. We understand that homeowners and corporate personnel are anxious to get everything cleaned up as quickly as possible, but official permission must be obtained before the scene can be cleaned up so as not to interfere with the investigation of the crime.
Bloodborne pathogens are disease-causing microorganisms that live in human blood and other bodily fluids (mucus, blood, spinal fluid, etc.).
Any bodily fluid can be considered as a disease transmitter. This includes fluids that are normally secreted from a person’s body, like urine, to fluids not usually secreted from the body, such as spinal fluid or the vitreous humor of the eyes. At a crime or death scene, there is a risk of contamination from any and all bodily fluids.
Bloodborne pathogens can transmit over two dozen viruses. Well-known viruses that are present are the ones which cause the various forms of hepatitis (Hepatitis A, B and C), HIV, syphilis, Creutzfeldt-Jakob (mad cow) disease, and viral hemorrhagic fever.
Any crime or death scene carries the risk of pathogens since they are also present in bodily fluids and wastes and other diseases can be contracted from contact with human waste materials. Even if the bodily fluids and / or wastes have dried, there is still a chance of disease transmission.
The Hepatitis B virus can survive outside the body for a week, even if the blood has dried. Infection comes from being in contact with infected bodily fluids. Remember, just because the fluids have dried does not mean that the pathogens that they carry are no longer viable. Therefore, any surface in your home or business can be a potential disease carrier and a simple touch can expose you to many different pathogens.
Normally, the HIV virus does not survive very long outside the body, but there are instances where it can survive for several weeks. At certain temperatures, it can survive in dried blood and if the scene is dark, the risk is greater, as the HIV virus is sensitive to sunlight. For example, live HIV viruses have been recovered from bodies that have been deceased for longer than two weeks.
Not necessarily. It is never safe to assume that the risk of disease is only limited to the scene itself. Pathogens and other microorganisms may be present on surfaces that may appear to be clean, even if they are not in the immediate vicinity of the scene. This is why hospitals have to be diligent with cleaning all of the surfaces and not just the ones that infected people have touched.
There are a number of crucial precautions that you should take to avoid any diseases that can be contracted from a scene that is contaminated. The first thing that you should do is to arrange for you and your family to stay somewhere else for a short period of time until the scene has been professionally cleaned. For a business, it may be necessary to make operational arrangements until the professional cleaning has been completed – such arrangements will depend on the type of business and the nature of the scene. Depending on the situation, you may have to liaison with law enforcement in order to determine whether it is permitted yet for professionals to come in and clean the scene so that your family or your business can once again return to its normal routines.
Professional crime scene cleaners are trained to manage the environmental and health risks associated with these pathogens and will ensure that you, your family and / or your employees are not put at risk for contracting a disease which may be present from any pathogens which may be at a scene.