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Medical Waste Disposal: How to Make Sure You’re Doing Everything Right



November 3, 2021



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Medical Waste Disposal: How to Make Sure You’re Doing Everything Right

Medical Waste Disposal: How to Make Sure You’re Doing Everything Right. You work hard to provide a safe, healthy environment for your patients. The last thing you want is to expose them to pathogens that could make them sick. And yet, many hospitals are still struggling with medical waste problems. Here are some steps to take now that will help you avoid these issues, improve safety, and maintain compliance.

Keep your staff safe from pathogens

Bloodborne pathogens can include many diseases hepatitis and HIV are among the most dangerous but there are many types including malaria, syphilis, and brucellosis just to name a few. The number one way to protect yourself is to readily have available proper PPE and to use the appropriate personal protection equipment for the task you are performing. Secondly, hygiene proper handwashing to ensure you do not accidently transmit germs or spread infection.

As per the CDC.

Washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of respiratory and diarrheal infections from one person to the next. Germs can spread from other people or surfaces when you:

Start With the Right Medical Waste Disposal Service

Most healthcare facilities rely on Healthcare Waste Management services for their medical waste disposal needs, which are cost-effective, informative, and easy to setup.

Start by considering factors such as:

What types of waste will be collected, such as Human blood and blood products, Cultures and stocks of infectious agents, Contaminated sharps, and Isolation waste.

Next determine the generation points of the waste and ensure the appropriate containers are in a safe but easily accessible area near the generation point.

Determine the volume of waste being generated, most Healthcare Waste Management service providers require a few things to provide a quote, those are.

Once you have collected the data above to get a quote for your medical waste disposal service, you will want to make sure you are working with the Right Medical Waste Disposal Service Provider.

The best way to figure this out is to ask if they own the destruction plants that treat the medical waste. A medical waste service provider that owns the destruction plants is regulated differently than a company that merely hauls the waste from point A to Point B.

A medical waste disposal company that owns the destruction plants means there is only one company involved in your medical waste from ‘cradle to grave”. The fewer companies involved, the better.

Some companies only haul the waste and pay a third-party company to destroy the waste. Some companies pay another company to haul your waste, and yet another company to destroy your waste.

The more companies involved, the greater the opportunity for something to go wrong from missed pickups to missing manifest.

Do your research and ask these three questions.

  1. Do you own the trucks that will come to my location?
  2. Is it your direct W2 employees that will be picking up my waste?
  3. Do you own the treatment plants that will destroy my waste?

A solid YES to all three questions is a step in the right direction to working with the Right Medical Waste Disposal Service Provider. Healthcare Waste Management is happy to answer any questions you may have, call today at 888-427-5797


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