Chameleon Chemical Detection Armbands Now Available from BioSpecialists

Safety, both for first responders and the general public, is always top priority for us at BioSpecialists. With that in mind, we are happy to announce that Chameleon chemical detection armbands are now available from BioSpecialists. Chameleon armbands, from Morphix Technologies, are the most innovative, easy-to-use toxic chemical detection kit on the market, and we are proud to offer them for sale.

The Chameleon armband easily attaches to the forearm, even fitting over gear. This allows for hands-free chemical detection, with no liquid samples needed. While using the Chameleon, a first responder will be able to tell if there are harmful chemicals or vapors present at any potentially hazardous scene. If the cassette in the arm band changes color, he or she will know that there are toxins present, and to act accordingly.

The Chameleon can be used in a variety of situations, including suspected chemical suicides or meth labs. There are a number of kits available, with the Haz-Mat kit containing the greatest number of cassettes. Download the PDF to see more.

What you can’t see can hurt you! Equip your team today! Kits are available starting at $55 plus shipping. For more information, please contact us at BioSpecialists. 866-331-7731 or wyork@bio-specialists.com.

 

BioSpecialists to Provide Biological Hazards Cleanup for FAA Northeast Locations

BioSpecialists is very pleased to announce  that we will be the exclusive provider of biohazardous materials cleanup for several airport locations in the Northeast. The areas covered are those that are in FAA control and include the airports and equipment locations in Biddeford, Cumberland, Brunswick, Kennebunk, Wiscasset, Fryeburg, Auburn/Lewiston, Freeport, Scarborough, as well as the Portland tower, flight lines and FAA buildings, all in Maine. It will also cover White Field in New Hampshire.

BioSpecialists will be involved on a case-by-case basis, to remediate the scene, making sure there was no spread of bloodborne pathogens anytime there was a potential for biohazardous contamination in one of these areas.

The most significant risk at a trauma scene is from contact with blood and bodily fluids. Since 1991 health and medical care officials have recognized the danger of contact with bloodborne pathogens which may be contained in any spill of blood and body fluid.

Bill York, President and CEO, notes that the FAA has taken a very proactive step in partnering with BioSpecialists. “We are pleased that the FAA is thinking ahead and getting ready to respond to dangerous situations involving biohazardous materials. We are very excited about working with them, and helping to keep the public safe.”

BioSpecialists Featured in the Bangor Daily News

Here at BioSpecialists, we were excited to be interviewed recently by the Bangor Daily News. The article describes with some detail some of the more difficult parts of our day, and includes a video featuring our own Rob Simmons.

We know that many people aren’t even aware that death or trauma scene clean up is an actual service out there, and we are happy to get the word out. We hope that you don’t ever require our services, but if you do, we want you to know that we are the most qualified, experienced, and compassionate.

Read the full article here, and learn more about us.

You Decide Who To Hire, Not The Insurance Company

Recently BioSpecialists got a call to do a death scene cleanup. We made arrangements to go, but before we could get there the victim’s family called us. It seems that the homeowner’s insurance company had told the family not to work with BioSpecialists, as we were not on their list of preferred companies and have never worked with them before. The company they wanted the family to use was not really in the biohazard cleanup business, in fact they were not licensed or permitted to even do this type of work. The insurance company seemed to want to cut corners to save money, at the expense of the homeowner’s safety.  Luckily we were able to make it clear to the family that the insurance company cannot dictate which clean up company to hire. We completed the job professionally, respectfully and in a timely manner.

We really want to stress the fact that you, the insured, have the right to call whichever cleanup company you wish. It is not up to the insurance company. We believe that we are the best option, because we are the most qualified and experienced. We are fully licensed, bonded, insured and permitted to address all biohazard contamination conditions. We don’t do fire and water damage, focusing only on biohazardous situations. We handle public health hazards 100% by the book. People need to be safe and never worry about a possible exposure situation from a substandard company. Getting the job done right the first time is a far bigger value in the end.

For more information about how we work with insurance companies, visit the pricing and insurance information page on our website.

Safety Alert

Recently, BioSpecialists received a request for assistance at a crime scene, involving chemical suicide (“detergent suicide”) mitigation. This type of suicide has been a growing problem nationally, after originating in Japan, and apparently now in Maine. While any kind of trauma scene cleanup can be dangerous, a chemical suicide scene is particularly hazardous, for emergency service personnel, funeral home personnel and the public. Toxic fumes from mixing common, off the shelf products can be fatal when inhaled in moderate quantities. It is imperative that a chemical suicide scene be completely remediated by professionals.

BioSpecialists are experts at handling situations like these, using cutting edge technology to clean and disinfect a scene, as well as following strict safety guidelines and procedures. BioSpecialists can also assist funeral homes with response to these types of death scenes. We are the only company in Maine to utilize a portable Bio-Seal system, a product that allows us to completely seal the body of a chemical suicide victim, ensuring the safety of public safety personnel and funeral home employees.

Unfortunately, chemical suicide is an issue that funeral home personnel are going to have to learn how to respond to and deal with. BioSpecialists offers training and education programs on response to chemical suicides for funeral home directors and employees. We are available to travel to any location and instruct on the necessary precautions that must be taken when responding to and handling these hazardous cases. BioSpecialists is here to help make sure the responders and personnel have all the knowledge they need to deal with these types of incidents.

Could BioSpecialists Have Prevented PA Lawsuit

We recently heard about an unfortunate situation in Pennsylvania. A recently widowed woman bought a home with the idea of relocating with her children to be closer to family. A few weeks after they moved in, she was told by a neighbor that there had been a murder/suicide in her home the year before. The seller or real estate agent did not disclose this information to her. She is now trying to sue both of the other parties, and get her money back.

We know how traumatic this kind of news can be. The woman is probably nervous about what kind of biological hazards there could still be inside the house, and doesn’t know to what level the house has been cleaned. And perhaps the seller was nervous about disclosing the news to the buyer, for fear that she wouldn’t go through with the purchase.

Here at BioSpecialists, we can help. We can clean a crime scene using industry standards, and return it to it’s pre-incident level of cleanliness. We can then give the homeowner a clean bill of health, letting them know it has been fully remediated, with no biological hazards remaining. Had the seller in this situation had BioSpecialists do the cleanup, they could have felt comfortable disclosing the information to the buyer. The buyer would then have been assured that the house was safe.

BioSpecialists take on Necrotizing Fasciitis

Early last June, BioSpecialists received a request from from the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services (Hyde Park office) to remediate an East Boston apartment where two people were living and both were hospitalized from a serious infection with a flesh eating bacteria. Upon arrival on scene a Representative from the Mass EOHHS briefed us on the conditions in the home and instructed us what their concerns were. The BioSpecialists team mitigated all rooms, and disinfected/decontaminated the entire 2 bedroom apt. Removal of contaminated items was addressed and proper disposal of contaminated items was done using both state and federal guidelines. The owner of the property is now able to re-occupy the apartment with no issues related to contamination. We were on scene and completed the job in just under 6 hours, start to finish.

Media reports have popularized the term “flesh-eating bacteria” to refer to a very rare but serious bacterial infection known as necrotizing fasciitis. Necrotizing fasciitis is an infection that starts in the tissues just below the skin and spreads along the flat layers of tissue (known as fascia) that separate different layers of soft tissue, such as muscle and fat. This dangerous infection is most common in the arms, legs, and abdominal wall and is fatal in 30%-40% of cases. The most common form of nectrotizing fasciitis is generally Streptococcus pyogenes. Streptococcus pyogenes is a member of the group A streptococci, a group of bacteria that is responsible for mild cases of sore throat (pharyngitis) and skin infections, as well as rare, severe illnesses such as toxic shock syndrome and necrotizing fasciitis.

In spite of public health awareness and efforts, serious drug resistant bacterial infections continue to be on the rise throughout the world.  BioSpecialists are ready to help. We can sanitize and disinfect a room, home, vehicle or business.

School is Open

Winter plus schools adds up to the spread of illness in the community

In the winter, schools are well known to spread much more than knowledge. Although some have argued that schools also perform an essential role in strengthening a growing child’s immune system by facilitating the spread of bacteria into the community. Unfortunately modern times find us suffering the plague of dangerous drug resistant bacteria such as Clostridium difficile (CDI or C-DIFF) and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). These biohazardous and difficult to treat drug resistant bacteria usually come about through treatment in long term health care facilities but can follow the patient home when they are discharged from the facility, and from the home children may take the infection to school. The bacteria can even be transported in their clothing.

BioSpecialists is the front line defense against the spread of illness in New England families, schools and communities

BioSpecialists is ready to support Communities and School Systems to be on guard and to prevent contamination of teaching spaces, cafeterias and athletic spaces. If a contamination or outbreak occurs BioSpecialists can work with schools to quickly contain and remediate the bacterial and viral infections. BioSpecialists provide training programs covering topics such as cleaning standards that can help schools to meet this challenging environment.

BioSpecialists can help school systems take measures including but not limited to:

  • Screening Programs
  • Surface Sanitizing
  • Isolation – Area Quarantine and Remediation
  • Hand Washing Education programs
  • Supply of N95 surgical respirations when needed

Don’t wait for an outbreak occur. Call BioSpecialists to help develop a plan to meet the new challenges of our time.