Blood Cleanup in Atlanta Elementary School
One of the sanitation workers employed at a school near Atlanta, GA arrived early to work and was reportedly stabbed and sexually assaulted by a nearby prowler. The incident produced widely dispersed contaminants extending from the main entrance, through the office space and main halls, and finally to a rear exit in the back of the facility. An array of clerical appliances and structural elements (to include walls and flooring) were extensively soiled with blood and finger-print dust as left behind by the authorities. The condition of the school thereafter posed a significant risk for bloodborne pathogens transmission and psychological trauma to several hundred young students.
A primary focus on staff-accessibility and readiness allowed for an immediate dispatch of the Biotrauma Service Team. The team arrived within drive-time (1 hour) and was ready to begin work prior to scene-release as discerned by the investigators. A protease enzyme treatment was applied to the soiled areas of the facility and was allowed to settle in for 30 minutes for optimal efficiency. Two Bio-Recovery Technicians conducted a thorough scrub-down under the supervision of a Master Technician, and later applied hospital-grade disinfectant Virkon (EPA Reg. # 71654-7) to the affected areas and adjacent sectors of the school. Lastly, our Master Technician carried out a detailed area-inspection via worklamp to fully eliminate exposure possibility amongst facility staff and students. The manpower and technology employed by our Service Team successfully kept facility down-time at 7 hours, which equated to one school/business day. A Certificate of Treatment was subsequently issued to the Facilities Director and served as a transfer of liability from the Elementary School to Biotrauma concerning any post-treatment exposure incidents. Presently, the school educates some 539 healthy young students.