An unattended death scene presents unique and virtually overwhelming cleanup challenges. This stark reality is why professional assistance is vital. The challenges inherent in an unattended death scene include the presence of biohazards. As the human body naturally decomposes, dangerous pathogens are released at the scene, germs that have the potential for causing serious and even potentially fatal illness to an unprotected individual. Comprehensively remediating the site of an unattended death requires the use of specialized equipment and materials as well. 

Are Odors from a Dead Body Classified as a Biohazard?

Perhaps nothing is more alarming and disagreeable than the odors emitted from a cadaver. As a human body decomposes, different types of gases are expelled from the remains. The expulsion of a malodorous stench commences within a matter of a day following death, if a body is left unattended. The stench magnifies – and significantly…

The Smell of Death: Six Common Human Decomposition Odors

Few people would argue that noting smells as foul as a decomposing body. During the human decomposition process, dozens of different types of gases are released. Eight of these gases primarily contribute to the horrible stench that oftentimes is called the “smell of death.” The primary odors that make up the stench associated with a…

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The Definition of Death in the 21st Century: Who Decides When Life Ends

The definition of what constitutes death has become the subject of an increasingly heated debate in the United States and elsewhere around the world in recent years. In addition, an associated debate centers on who should have authority to make the final determination that a person is dead. The Standard Definition of Death Over the…


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How to Protect Yourself From Blood-Borne Pathogens

Each and every year, people across the United States are infected by serious bloodborne pathogens. Some of these viruses and bacteria result in diseases that are treatable. Other infections can result in chronic conditions that can only be managed. All people need to have a general and authoritative understanding of what can be done to…


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How Are Blood-Borne Pathogens Spread?

The U.S. National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health provides a comprehensive and succinct definition of bloodborne pathogen: A pathogen is something that causes disease. Germs that can cause long-lasting infection in human blood and disease in humans are called bloodborne pathogens. In order to protect your health and the health of others, you…