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COVID-19 Testing Creating More Medical Waste



January 19, 2022



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COVID-19 Testing Creating More Medical Waste

COVID-19 Testing Creating More Medical Waste. With the increase in COVID-19 testing, schools, testing centers, medical facilities, and businesses are producing more and more medical waste.

COVID testing will produce increased medical waste, if your facility or business now provides COVID testing and is experiencing additional or new medical waste because of the testing, contact Healthcare Waste Management to see how we can help.

What is COVID-19?

According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is, “The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Most people infected with the virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. However, some will become seriously ill and require medical attention. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, or cancer are more likely to develop serious illness. Anyone can get sick with COVID-19 and become seriously ill or die at any age.

The virus can spread from an infected person’s mouth or nose in small liquid particles when they cough, sneeze, speak, sing, or breathe. These particles range from larger respiratory droplets to smaller aerosols. It is important to practice respiratory etiquette, for example by coughing into a flexed elbow, and to stay home and self-isolate until you recover if you feel unwell.”

Impact on Healthcare Systems

COVID-19 causes a strain on the healthcare systems because hospitals will often be near or at bed limits. If a hospital is already near or at bed limits for COVID-19 patients then then they cannot serve emergency or daily illnesses that come into their facility. This can be a major issue for hospitals who see a sudden increase in COVID-19 cases. This is a problem because it can lead to an overflow of patients from other departments into the emergency room which will cause more delays in patient care access.

According to an article written by Ed Yong, a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers science. “Omicron is so contagious that it is still flooding hospitals with sick people. And America’s continued inability to control the coronavirus has deflated its health-care system, which can no longer offer the same number of patients the same level of care. Healthcare workers have quit their jobs in droves; of those who have stayed, many now can’t work, because they have Omicron breakthrough infections. “In the last two years, I’ve never known as many colleagues who have COVID as I do now,” Amanda Bettencourt, the president-elect of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, told me. “The staffing crisis is the worst it has been through the pandemic.”

Omicron’s main threat is its extreme contagiousness. It is infecting so many people that even if a smaller proportion need hospital care, the absolute numbers are still enough to saturate the system. It might be less of a threat to individual people, but it’s disastrous for the health-care system that those individuals will ultimately need.”

COVID-19 Testing and the Increase in Medical Waste

According to Science Direct, “General people and medical personnel use PPE, such as face masks, hand gloves, and face shields to prevent transmission, ultimately increasing medical and healthcare waste at an alarming rate.”

The CDC states, when disposing of waste generated from SARS-CoV-2 point-of-care testing, laboratories and testing sites should treat all waste from suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patient specimens and kit components as biohazardous waste.

Increased COVID-19 testing has also led to the increased production of medical waste. Schools, testing centers, medical facilities, and businesses are producing more and more medical waste as a result.

If you are in need of professional medical waste management services to due new or increased COVID testing, contact Healthcare Waste Management Today.

Some Businesses that Have Never Produced Medical Waste are Now because of COVID Testing

For some businesses, in-house COVID testing is the first time they’ve produced medical waste. If your facility or business now provides COVID testing and is experiencing new or additional medical waste because of the testing, contact Healthcare Waste Management to see how we can help.

How Healthcare Waste Management Can Help

Our Medical Waste Disposal Services. Medical waste disposal is governed by strict local, state, and federal guidelines as methods to protect people, the communities, and the environment. Laws dictate that those generating the medical waste are responsible in a “cradle-to-grave” concept. This means that generators must not only ensure that disposal complies with the rules, but that they must have proof that the medical waste was rendered harmless.

Healthcare Waste Management is a full-service medical waste disposal service. We are a professional company that employs our own licensed, trained, and certified staff and drivers. We take responsibility by ownership of all our trucks and the facilities that the waste will be transported to. Our employees ensure that our healthcare clients have complete documentation confirming that their medical waste has been destroyed. We take pride in maintaining up-to-date information on all changes within the industry.

Our commitment as a full-service medical waste disposal company includes researching the latest technologies. We make use of state-of-the-art reusable medical waste and sharps containers as part of our green efforts. Our fuel-efficient trucks combined with a focus on intelligent routing helps to reduce our carbon footprint and that of our clients.

We offer a variety of services including:

Where We Service

Healthcare Waste Management is centrally positioned to provide fast, reliable, local service to our customers across the Midwest. We service large and small quantity generators of medical waste, in 10 Midwestern states including, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

Who We Service

Medical waste is generated from several sources and each location is required to comply with local, state, and federal laws to ensure that it is rendered harmless. As a full-service medical waste disposal company, Healthcare Waste Management complies with all guidelines so that our clients can rest assured of the safety and efficacy of their cradle-to-grave responsibilities. Our trained and certified employees assist in educating our customers, picking up the medical waste, transporting the medical waste in our company-owned trucks, and properly disposing of the medical waste in our own treatment facilities. Healthcare Medical Waste takes care of medical waste, from start to finish.

Here are just some of the industries that we service and is not an all-inclusive list.

Hospitals

With an estimated 5.9 million tons of medical waste per year, hospitals generate the largest amount of medical waste in the country. The volume of medical waste places a priority on making sure that whether a local hospital or large national hospital, medical waste pickup and proper disposal sticks to deadlines to avoid potential dangers. Healthcare Medical Waste coordinates with our hospital clients for all types of waste streams including medical, chemotherapy, RCRA, pharmaceutical, and others.

Practice Groups

The rise of healthcare practice groups has been designed to reduce the stress on hospitals so that they include any number of non-urgent patient services that are more cost-effective. The environment can involve everything from standard clinical and dental to outpatient services and pharmacies. These healthcare locations generate medical waste, and depending upon the service, can cover the gamut from standard medical waste to that which is dangerous. While the volume of medical waste is typically less than in a hospital, containment, labeling, transport and destruction is just as much of a priority. Healthcare Medical Waste creates a schedule for pickup and proper disposal that works for each practice group.

Doctor’s Offices

Single practice doctor’s offices have expanded beyond the general practitioner to now include a number of specialty physician practices. Each practice can generate many types of medical waste which can include some such as sharps, chemotherapy and radiation which requires special handling and disposal methods. Healthcare Medical Waste specializes in being a full-service medical waste disposal company, with our own employees, trucks, drivers, and facilities for rendering all medical waste harmless. We work with our physician clients to educate, pickup and transport around their convenience.

Veterinarians

Veterinarians treat animals in many ways that can expose humans to potentially contagious and dangerous pathogens. The Veterinarian offices can have a variety of bloodborne pathogens to animal body parts. It is therefore critical that even with smaller volumes, the medical waste is picked up and destroyed in a timely manner. Healthcare Medical Waste works with our Veterinarian clients as a partner to ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal guidelines as well as assist in training their employees as an additional safety measure.

Dental Practices

Dentists have very similar medical waste types as a majority of other healthcare environments and are required to comply with all local, state, and federal laws and guidelines for storage, labeling, and proper disposal of medical waste. Dental practices do have one area that is unique in that they may have teeth that have been extracted that contain dental amalgam, which is mercury-based and requires special disposal. Healthcare Medical Waste ensures that our dental customers have training needed to ensure their protection and that of their patients, as well as coordinating for pickup, transport, and transition of their medical waste so that it is harmless.

Long Term Care Clinics

The term “long term care clinics” covers a number of types of environments including but not limited to: rehabilitation clinics, skilled nursing homes, senior living communities, assisted living facilities, and hospice. Many of the patients that live within these clinic care facilities have disease states that require extensive treatments that result in medical waste that can be a danger to others. All medical staff are trained to protect hazardous contamination from medical waste and the clinics are required to comply with all local, state, and federal laws. Healthcare Medical Waste understands the unique conditions for each type of clinic and works together to partner in offering safety training, proper handling, pickup, transport, and ultimate safe disposal of all medical waste types.

Funeral Homes

A funeral home is involved in a number of services and processes that includes potentially dangerous and toxic substances that could transmit diseases including blood, body fluids, medications, and embalming fluids. The bodies that funeral homes receive may contain a variety of disease states and their staff is required to comply with all local, state, and federal laws. To protect staff, visitors, family members, and the environment, Healthcare Medical Waste ensures expedient pickup, transport, and complete disposal so that all medical waste from a funeral home is no longer a threat.

Research Labs

The variety of infectious contaminants and potentially dangerous biologics at a research lab runs the gamut of possibilities. Staff at research labs often work with animal, human, and plant materials that can be considered to be toxic. Research labs are required to comply with strict guidelines regarding their medical waste and Healthcare Medical Waste assists in ensuring that all waste taken from research labs are transported and disposed of so that it is rendered harmless.

Why Healthcare Waste Management?

Healthcare Waste Management is proud to bring a first-class medical waste disposal experience to our customers. From the local medical office to national healthcare systems, we bring innovation and customer service that is unparalleled.

We own the trucks that come to your facility, we employ the drivers that come into your facility, and we own the destruction plants that destroy your waste. By having one company handle your waste from ‘cradle-to-grave’ allows us to bring our customers, the best process, products, and services with significant savings compared to the industry standard pricing. We do this while reducing our client’s impact on the environment which is a true win-win. Best processes, pricing and practices is what we built our company on.

Our commitment to our customers and the environment doesn’t stop with our cradle-to-grave management of your medical waste. We also use a state-of-the-art reusable container systems for medical waste and sharps waste that keeps unnecessary waste from impacting the environment. Our cradle-to-grave management process, reusable medical waste and sharps disposal containers, fuel efficient trucks and intelligent routing are all examples of our commitment to our customers and the environment.

Healthcare Waste Management has been servicing healthcare facilities for decades with a team of professionals who specialize in handling all types of medical waste. We have developed a strong reputation by always being committed to providing exceptional customer service while maintaining strict compliance with all state, federal, and local laws.

We offer affordable rates, flexible service plans, and customized solutions that are tailored to your needs. Contact us today to learn more about how Healthcare Waste Management can help you with your medical waste needs.

Contact Healthcare Waste Management Today, to see how we can help!


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