Nobody said BioSeal Systems business model would ever make good breakfast conversation.
Connie Jacobson likes to talk about it, though. She is the Natrona County Coroner in Casper, Wyoming and BioSeal Systems solved a huge problem for her, as it has for so many coroners.
Before last July, Jacobson stored decomposing remains in plastic body bags which zipped, but did not seal. The smell, Jacobson said, “was huge.” And they leaked.
She told this to a newspaper reporter. So impressed was Jacobson with BioSeal’s perfomance, after starting to use it last July, the story started to get around. Leah Todd, of the Casper paper, the Star-Tribune, got wind of it and set up an interview.
Jacobson told Todd, in some detail, about the kinds of situations that county coroners regularly face. An example:
“Decomposing bodies — at times found in their homes six weeks after their dying day — don’t exactly lend themselves to easy handling, according to Jacobson.” The language, as Jacobson explained the situation in more depth, became rather descriptive.
Then Jacobson ordered her BioSeal System which saved the day:
“Today,” Todd wrote, “she slides the decomposing body and its zipped body bag into the BioSeal’s open plastic sleeve. She runs a hot iron clamp — a tool that resembles an electric hair straightener — around the sides and corners of the BioSeal System pouch to fuse together the thick plastic sheets. Once sealed, the now odorless and leak-free container goes to its final destination, whether that be a crematory or funeral home.
“‘Once the body is sealed in here, you can’t even tell we’ve got anybody in this building that’s decomposing,’” Jacobson said. She told Todd she had used BioSeal “about 10 times” since July.
The story was published Dec. 17 on the Casper, Wyoming Star-Tribune’s front page. Readers thought it stunk, and wrote in to say so. A commenter identified as “a medical professional” wrote: “I applaud Connie for finding a system that is suitable for situations like this. However, this was not an appropriate way to handle this article.”
Todd did statewide research, and reported that Jacobson appears to be the first coroner in Wyoming to use a BioSeal System. Other coroners reported similar problems with decomposition, and one said “applying Vicks VapoRub to nostrils” seemed to help.
Todd’s story may now trigger a rash of orders for BioSeal Systems from Wyoming coroners, who may be forgiven if they keep their lips sealed about it.