A Guide to Medical Sharps Disposal
Medical sharp wastes are any hazardous material that can cause harm to skin and in most cases they contain contaminated fluids that are dangerous to the body. Health centers and pharmacies have to be extra cautious with how they get rid of the waste. Medical centers always have numerous types of wastes that ought to be disposed with much care to avoid danger. Among the wastes to be disposed from a medical set up, sharp equipment’s form the major medical wastes.
Several healthcare personnel operate equipment’s such as needles, syringes not forgetting scalpels causing them to be highly exposed to risk of pathogens arising from injuries instigated by sharp equipment’s. It therefore calls for a proper disposal of sharp equipment and should not be disposed together with other wastes that are not sharp since they can easily cut or prick someone if carelessly handled. 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. It is thus a requirement that all used needle and sharp objects to be disposed in the containers. Overfilling the containers increases the risk of injury.When the container is three quarter full it is advisable to get rid of its contents. Care should be taken to ensure that the objects does not fall from the container when disposing its contents. Guiding principles of disposing the contents of the container should be adhered to by the health workers as directed by the health facility. Clear labels should be place on the most visible side of the containers to prevent mix up of the contents of the sharp waste container. The writing should be in bold that are easily visible.This will prevent disposing of wrong waste in to the container.
The containers should also be made with tops and materials that are puncture proof. Strong material is thus preferred for this purpose. Nurses and the doctors should have the containers in their rooms to ensure immediate disposal of the dangerous sharp waste. The containers should also be fitted with the sterilization equipment that deactivates the fluids on the used objects. This is so due to the high increase of diseases that are easily spread by exposing ones internal organs with the infected blood. Companies making the containers should ensure that they make containers that ensure high protection against the sharp wastes.