Medical institutions generate huge volumes of wastes in a single day. These wastes should be properly segregated, collected, transported, treated and disposed of. Usually, these facilities have treatment facilities like autoclave onsite where some of these wastes can be burned. Some wastes do not burn, and therefore there must be a way to get rid of them. The problem of disposal is usually greater for smaller institutions that cannot afford incineration machines to help decrease the volumes of waste.
When you are discarding sharp tools use the appropriate containers to ensure that they are not mixed up. It has been a standard practice to properly dispose of the needles following a single use to prevent sharing of syringes. The practice of using a needle for more than one patient has been a greater contributor to the spread of blood contamination diseases such as AIDS, hepatitis B and C among others. 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 contains are two types those used once and then discarded. 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.
Healthcare centers and hospitals normally have sharps containers in their patient treatment area. Diabetics should also own these containers since they use needles daily for their insulin dose. 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 use of these containers is straightforward. One just inserts them in the container using an opening that is upside of the container without letting them touch the outside. Never push or force the needles into avoiding damage and needle stick accidents. Never allow the container to fill to the top. Proper usage includes delivery and pick up to an authorized red bag or disposal to the medical waste treatment sites.
Sharp containers can be purchased in many different sizes, from very small to large barrels. The small ones are appropriate for check up rooms while the larger ones are for the busy sections like an operation theatre.
Waste management is a critical area of health facilities that requires special attention. Even a single syringe if not properly disposed, it can lead to incurable dangerous disease infiltrating the public. proper waste disposal is critical for the safety of the wellness of the sick, the public and the surroundings.