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Why it is Important to Have Containers for Medical Waste

Large medical facilities produce large amounts of medical waste in just one day. These wastes should be properly segregated, collected, transported, treated and disposed of. Some health centers have autoclaving services in which some of the wastes are burned. still they have to deal with other types of wastes like sharps and chemical, byproducts. The smaller health care center has the greatest problem of discarding waste as some do not have autoclaves.

When you are discarding sharp tools use the appropriate containers to ensure that they are not mixed up. It is a conventional practice to use a needle once and then disposed to avoid the sharing of needles between patients. Sharing of needles among patients is a major contributor to the blood transmissible diseases. The containers for discarding sharps should be color labeled and be made of hard materials that cannot be pierced by the contents. They include labeling indicating that the container contains sharps and that the contents are bio-hazardous. The contains are two types those used once and then discarded. The second is the reusable type which is robotically sterilized and emptied at a medical waste processing facility before returning for re-use.

Hospitals usually have sharps disposal containers in the patient care rooms. Diabetes patients who must receive their insulin injection daily should also have one at home. Poorly disposed sharps can result in spread of diseases.

The processing of keeping used sharps is quite easy. Simply drop them through the slot in the top of the container without coming in contact with the exterior portion. You should not apply pressure when inserting the sharps in the container to prevent damage to the kit and injuries. Don’t forget to change the container before they become too full. The proper disposal of the full container is to take to a legalized red bag or to the medical waste treatment areas.

Disposal containers occur in various sizes ranging from tiny ones to the larger ones. The small ones are appropriate for check up rooms while the larger ones are for the busy sections like an operation theatre.

Waste management is a critical area of health facilities that requires special attention. Even a single syringe if not properly disposed, it can lead to incurable dangerous disease infiltrating the public. It is, therefore, a requirement that the medical waste be properly disposed of for the well-being of the patients, public, and the environment.

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