A Guide to Medical Sharps Disposal
Medical sharp wastes are some dangerous material that have a high possibility of causing harm to the skin and in most scenarios can contain dangerous unclean fluids which are harmful to the body. Health centers and pharmacies have to be extra cautious with how they get rid of the waste. There are various types of wastes that are from such medical set ups which must be disposed well to avoid much danger. Among the wastes to be disposed from a medical set up, sharp equipment’s form the major medical wastes.
Numerous healthcare employees use equipment’s like needles, syringes as well as scalpels causing them to be at the top on risk of contact to pathogens from wounds caused by pointed equipment’s. It hence calls for a suitable dumping of piercing equipment’s and ought not to be dumped with other wastes which are mixture of both pointing and non-pointing wastes. It is therefore a crucial thing for medical clinics, practices, surgery center and other businesses that generate contaminated needles and syringes to dispose of medical sharps waste correctly.
Special containers have been devised to help the medical practitioners in disposing off the sharp wastes. They should ensure that all needles and sharp equipment are thrown in these containers immediately after use.The containers should not be overfilled since this increases the injury risk. On reaching three quarters it is of good advice to dispose of the contents of the container. One should be keen enough when disposing the sharp objects to ensure that the objects does not spill off. Health worker are therefore required to follow the instructions of getting rid of the sharp wastes as directed by the health facility. The sharp waste containers is required to be labeled on the most visible sides to minimize the possibilities of confusion. Since bold format makes the texts to be easily visible, it is thus advised to be used in making the writing. Wrong disposal of waste is thus prevented by this act.
In making the containers it is advisable to fit them with tops and the materials used to be those that are not prone to puncture. Strong material is thus preferred for this purpose. By placing the containers in the medical practitioners’ room ensure that the wastes are easily disposed immediately they are out of use. Inside the containers should have equipment that deactivates the chemical and fluids that may be on the objects. The reason behind this is the recent increase of the risk of one getting blood transmitted diseases which are easily transmitted by exchange of body fluids. Companies making the containers should ensure that they make containers that ensure high protection against the sharp wastes.