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Medical Waste Disposal for Long Term Care Clinics

Medical Waste Disposal for Long Term Care Clinics

Long term care facilities can include such locations as skilled nursing homes, rehabilitation clinics, assisted living facilities, hospice, and senior living communities. Many of the individuals that are within these locations can suffer from debilitating disease states and may be receiving treatments that can be hazardous to others. Medical staff caring for patients in long term care clinics are required to take all precautions to eliminate contamination of all hazardous wastes to protect the staff, the patients, visitors, the community, and the environment. Long term care clinics are required to comply with local, state, and federal guidelines and laws on the proper handling, storage, labeling, and removal of all medical waste, in the same way as hospitals and other medical locations.

Types of Medical waste At Long Term Care Clinics

Medical waste is any type of waste that may contain infectious or potentially infectious materials that can harm people, the community and the environment. Long term care facilities have patients that are often suffering from a variety of diseases and treatments and are required to comply with and retain constant updates on the required methods of protection, storage, and disposal of medical waste. Most long term care clinics hire licensed and professional medical waste disposal companies that can ensure that the medical waste is taken care of in compliance with all laws.

Due to the often volatile condition of many of the patients in long term care, proper handling, storage and disposal of medical waste is a high priority so that there is no transmission of contaminants. All long term care staff is required to be educated on all local, state, and federal guidelines for identifying medical waste and in handling and storage rules.

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