Relinquishing hazardous medical waste for elimination is carefully monitored by many government agencies. A to episode covering the efforts of a medical waste company kept a deadly virus from entering the population.
The most popular have been both ‘NCIS’ and ‘Criminal Minds’, but for those that are true forensics aficionados, the television show ‘Bones’ has become top on the list. As we follow the roles of both Brennan and Booth in their sleuthing roles, each contributes their part in uncovering the methods of murder. In two particular episodes, the perpetrators made use of medical hazardous waste facilities for their dastardly deeds.
If you have followed the television series you will know that Dr. Temperance Brennan (Bones) is the forensic anthropologist at the Jeffersonian that uses her unique abilities in analysis and examination of the bones of a body to assist in determining the cause of death. Her partner, Seeley Booth, is an FBI agent, skilled in the understanding of how the mind of a criminal works. Each episode introduces the viewer to some of the more bizarre and outrageous methods that murders use to not only accomplish their evil, but in disposal of bodies. Due to the strict guidelines and operations involved in medical waste disposal, it only made sense that eventually they would turn to this as a focus for their stories.
Of the two episodes that were created, the most riveting surrounded the topic of the discovery of a body in medical biohazardous waste that contained a contagious virus. The deterioration of the body at such a rapid rate brought the CDC into the picture and we watched as they tried to diagnose what kind of virus existed and how it was transmitted. The realization that this was a manmade virus, constructed by a biochemical company for the purposes of release for profit was realized only after one of the interns at the Jeffersonian became accidently infected.
For those in the medical industry, the daily experience with potentially hazardous waste materials is commonplace. You are also aware of all of the checks and balances involved in assuring that the medical waste is disposed of safely. However, very few outside of the industry know or understand the details of the processes, and the television series offered a brief introduction into this world. It was due to the diligent efforts of the medical waste company that the body was found.
Medical hazardous waste is heavily regulated on both the Federal and State levels and while this particular situation would be highly unlikely to occur, the episode did expose the potential for disaster if a contagious pathogen was to be created and released. The characters in the television show blend a combination of forensics and crime investigation so that they eventually tracked down those that were the cause and murdered for profit. This was a small view for the general populace into the very detailed world of both viral contingents as well as hazardous medical waste.
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