Sudden Elderly Death Syndrome (SEDS) and How It Creates Unattended Deaths

By September 20, 2018Blog

Most of us have heard of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and SEDS (Sudden Elderly Death Syndrome) is a twist on that terminology. Have you heard, the “The new 50 is 70?” This means people in the industrially developed world are living longer and are stronger than ever before. Today people who reach 70 and beyond are usually much more active, ambulatory and look much younger than their fathers and mothers, and certainly their grandparents at the same age. The average age expectancy for men and women in the United States is 78.6 for men and women being 81.1 according to data published by the US Census Bureau. And, on many occasions a person can be relatively healthy and active right up and to the end of life.

An unattended death is someone who dies alone and isn’t discovered for three or more days with the average unattended being 10 to 14 days. It only takes three days before the body begins to breakdown, which can cause structure damage and extreme odors.

Keep reading to see how these two events create a need for a professional remediation and cleaning company like Crime Scene Cleaners, Inc. of Kansas City to be engaged for repairs.

We are a very mobile society with people and families moving from one end of the country to other. Older people nowadays move away from their family and close friends to enjoy warmer or exotic climates. Other times it’s the exact opposite; close family moves away from older relatives to pursue work and career choices. For those of us who are blessed to live longer we may even outlive our close friends and family leaving us pretty much alone. Other times we choose to be alone. No matter how it happens some end up in a situation where they’re somewhat alone or secluded and when death does strike, there’s no one around to know.

In these cases families, and/or landlords are left to repair the structure. The longer a death goes undiscovered the greater the damage to the structure. They will need a company like Crime Scene Cleaners, Inc. of Kansas City to remediate the structure and perform special deodorization to abate the extreme odors left behind. These events present specific problems for remediation companies, since pathogens and other biohazards will be present.

That’s why Crime Scene Cleaners, Inc. specializes in biohazard remediation and infection control. They are a step above normal restoration companies as this is the only thing they do.

If you are in the Greater Kansas City Area, from Topeka, KS to Columbia, MO from Bethany, MO to Pittsburg, KS and find yourself in need of a specialized company for a traumatic death scene such as; an unattended death, suicide, or homicide please call Crime Scene Cleaner, Inc. at (816) or (913) 808-7642

By Don M. McNulty, MBT AT- OSHA, MTC ©COPYRIGHT 2018