THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH SUICIDE CLEANUP
THE SCENE: The flashing lights of police-fire and EMS. Unmarked cars, coroners van, and a home confined by yellow DO NOT ENTER tape. Whether you have driven past or viewed it on the news, crime scenes are an unfortunate but undeniable fact in today’s society. Have you ever stopped to consider what happens after the last forensic investigator has left the premises? What happens in the aftermath of this tragedy? Who is responsible for crime scene cleanup, and what are the dangers associated with such a gruesome undertaking?
The cold hard facts are that in Florida, the family of the deceased is responsible for suicide cleanup. With numerous risks to crime scene cleaners, this unfortunate situation should be handled by experts who are qualified to clean and remove the regrettable remains in the aftermath of a suicide.
Listed below are several dangers of suicide cleanup:
THE PHYSICAL DANGERS OF SUICIDE CLEANUP
Blood, bodily fluids, tissue, and even bone fragments pose potentially fatal risks to crime scene cleaners. All are considered biohazardous and a possible source of infection or negative manifestations in humans. The size and extent of the wreckage are of little consequence as crime scene cleaners must address every trace of remains as though it were carrying bloodborne pathogens such as HIV, Hepatitis, or Hantavirus. Surface cleaning just isn’t going to cut it.
Crime scene cleanup requires meticulous attention to detail to ensure all traces of human remains are eliminated. Cleaning includes utilizing a high-grade disinfectant to scrub virtually every inch of a crime scene. Drywall may need to be ripped out and removed, carpets burned, and blood-soaked furniture discarded accordingly.
In certain instances, maggots have already begun to infest the body of the deceased. It is a crime scene cleaners responsibly to safeguard against even the slightest possibility of infection so they must capture and burn maggots as they could potentially be carrying pathogens.
Biohazard remediation is a slow and deliberate process that is physically demanding in addition to being dangerous for crime scene cleaners and should always be handled by trained professionals who are equipped and prepared to conduct a crime scene cleanup accordingly.
THE PSYCHOLOGICAL DANGERS OF SUICIDE CLEANUP
Cleaning up tragedy upon tragedy, one might conclude that crime scene cleaners become desensitized to the task at hand. Unfortunately, this is not the case. While the remains are merely the physical evidence left behind, a grieving family is attempting to pick up the pieces and make sense of an unfathomable situation. Crime scene cleaners often come face to face with the victims of unspeakable misfortunes. It is challenging to be detached when a grief-stricken parent is present for the cleanup process.
Crime scene cleaners are at risk of several psychological and trauma disorders such as Critical Stress Syndrome (CISS), Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder (STSD), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of the challenges they face day in and day out. These stress-related disorders have the potential to lead to anxiety, depression, nightmares, and a host of health problems.
Appropriate training and ongoing support for crime scene cleaners are a necessity. At Crime Scene Intervention, our experts are not only highly trained professionals but have access to numerous resources to combat potential mental health issues.
RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH CRIME SCENE CLEANUP SERVICES
We take our responsibility to perform crime cleanup services well, and take care of the people we employ to handle the daily pressure and stressors associated with crime scene cleanup. If you find yourself in a situation where you need our assistance, our sincere condolences, but please know that our team is here to help. With a reputation built on dignity and discretion, we are the CSI service Florida residents call first. Call us today.
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