Group medical practices can often contain a variety of patient services. These can vary from a standard clinical environment all the way to outpatient services and even pharmacies. Practice groups have been designed to be able to handle many of the non-urgent health issues and standard checkups. While a group practice offers a more cost-effective alternative for patients, they also generate medical waste that is required to be disposed of properly. Some practice groups focus on specialized treatments and can generate dangerous medical waste that goes beyond the standard healthcare facilities. Practice groups can also include healthcare offerings such as dental, veterinary, where they offer more in-depth specialty procedures.
Medical waste is considered to be any form of waste that is created as a by-product of healthcare work and could be infectious or potentially infectious as well as possibly contaminated with bodily fluids. There are local, state, and federal guidelines for the handling, storage, and disposal of medical waste. In some cases, states have specific guidelines that overrule standard disposal processes.
All staff within a medical practice group is required to be educated and trained on the handling, storage and proper disposal of medical waste. In most cases, a practice group will hire a medical waste disposal company to pick up and dispose of the waste, however, the practice group is responsible for the waste, including having proper confirmation of disposal.
All employees are required to be aware of the types of medical waste and the specific containers that they need to be placed in for disposal.
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