Medical institutions generate huge volumes of wastes in a single day. These wastes should be handled appropriately right from collection, transportation, treatment and eventually disposal. Usually, these facilities have treatment facilities like autoclave onsite where some of these wastes can be burned. Even after burning they still have to get ways of disposing of wastes such as needles, syringes, and chemical wastes. For smaller facilities the problem is doubly worse since they may not have the autoclave to reduce the amount of waste that they are generating.
When disposing of sharp medical tools make sure to use a specific container to ensure that they are widely separated. It is a conventional practice to use a needle once and then disposed to avoid the sharing of needles between patients. Needle sharing is a prevalent source of AIDS along with infections attributable to blood to blood contamination such as hepatitis B and C. The containers for discarding sharps should be color labeled and be made of hard materials that cannot be pierced by the contents. The container also contains warnings stating that the disposal container has pricking tools and the things included are harmful to health. The disposal kits come in two variants, the single use only which is used only once and when full it is disposed of together with its contents. Reusable type is the second variant, which is usually disinfected by use of machines then the contents are placed in a medical waste handling plant before it is returned for another round of use.
Medical centers have this container in their facilities. Diabetes patients who must receive their insulin injection daily should also have one at home. It is very vital that the used syringes be disposed of carefully as when carelessly disposed they can result in spread of disease-causing organisms.
The processing of keeping used sharps is quite easy. The used tool is just dipped inside using the open area without touching the outside of the container. 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 full container should be made to authorized venue or a medical facility for disposal.
Disposal containers occur in various sizes ranging from tiny ones to the larger ones. Small containers can easily fit an examination room counters, and large models are usually used in high-traffic locations such as operating rooms.
Waste management is a critical area of health facilities that requires special attention. Reckless disposal even of the tiniest medical tool can endanger the health of the entire 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.