Why Choose Professional Suicide Cleanup?
In a time of great grieving, families are often at a loss for where to go or who to turn to in order to clean up in the aftermath of a tragedy. Unfortunately, unexpected loss happens to many families across the world every day.
First and foremost, suicide and suicide attempts occur more often than most people realize. It is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with one suicide occurring approximately every 12 minutes. That averages out to approximately 120-130 suicides in the United States daily. According to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), all races, genders, and ages of people across the globe commit- or attempt to commit- suicide each and every day. Suicide can occur at any age, but most statistics show a spike of data beginning at approximately age 10. White, middle-aged men are the most at-risk group with suicide followthrough, while women are 3 times more likely to attempt suicide. According to the CDC, for every 25 total attempts, there is 1 suicide. Guns are the leading method of suicide, followed by suffocation, poisoning, then other methods. People commit suicide for a variety of reasons including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, loss, and mental illness.
What is a bloodborne pathogen?
According to the CDC, bloodborne pathogens- along with other germs- can be transmitted in a variety of bodily fluids, ranging from blood to vomit and fecal matter. Essentially, it is an infectious microorganism that can infect a human. Some common bloodborne pathogens include but are not limited to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, MRSA, and Syphilis. Only licensed, certified, properly trained individuals should be cleaning up after suicide. This way the affected area can be decontaminated and cleaned to no longer pose a risk to the general public, or any family remaining in the home where the suicide took place. Doing it yourself, you may unintentionally leave hazardous, potentially dangerous fluids under the surface of the affected area, exposing you and your loved ones to potential health risks and/or recurring smells.
Why Professional Suicide Cleanup?
If you have ever visited a hospital, you have undoubtedly witnessed the intense precautionary procedures used to clean-up and decontaminate medical devices and materials. From suture trays to operating room materials, all medical devices that are to be reused must be painstakingly sterilized and disinfected. In the hospital setting, this is done in dedicated rooms, using specialized equipment designed to disinfect. Why is this the case? OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has very strict guidelines to protect both workers who may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens and the general public from possible bloodborne pathogens. Unfortunately, in the aftermath of a suicide, most of these contaminants are present at the scene of the suicide and the people responsible for the cleanup have no way to tell contaminated fluids from uncontaminated fluids. Thus, OSHA standards must be followed just as if the cleanup was to take place in any medical facility.