Medical waste disposal is a highly regulated industry, and for good reason: Managing medical waste is a public health issue that certain businesses deal with on a minute-by-minute basis. Compliance requires these companies to adhere to strict regulations when it comes to packaging and disposing of medical waste. Between the cost factors and the complexity, it’s a challenge.
At MedPro, medical waste disposal is all we do. We tailor your disposal process to comply with federal & state regulations while meeting the unique challenges of our clients. No two businesses are alike, so we take that extra step to understand what your business requires. From there, we create a custom fit solution for your medical waste disposal needs.
MedPro Disposal Offers It All
We service a variety of industries, including:
- Hospitals: Hospital biohazard waste disposal is a large part of what medical waste disposal companies manage. Every time a staff member sees a patient, there is a potential to create medical waste, such as contaminated gloves, gauze and bandages. MedPro provides the standard red, closeable biohazard container to support infection control protocols and reduce the risk of cross-contamination. Hospitals also generate sharps waste which is, “a waste or any biohazardous material that can puncture skin and is contaminated with bodily fluids”. Hospital’s may also have a certain amount of chemical waste to manage. Everything from chemotherapy solutions to cleaning products could fall into this category.
- Emergency care clinics: Walk-in urgent care centers generate medical waste often contaminated with bodily fluids and blood, this waste goes into a standard sealable biohazard container. Another form of waste the walk-in clinics can generate is sharps waste. This waste is generated from injections and other procedures involving sharp objects. Sharps waste must be placed into a marked, spill and puncture proof, sealable container for proper waste disposal.
- Dental Practices: Outside of Hospitals dental practices have some of the most comprehensive waste disposal needs and very special guidelines to follow. They generate standard medical waste like contaminated gauze and sharps. They also have the potential to generate pharmaceutical waste here at MedPro we have controlled and non-controlled solutions for pharmaceutical waste.
Another form of specific waste that could be generated in the dental office is amalgam waste. Amalgam waste is a form of mercury waste that is considered hazardous and must be disposed of correctly. The EPA.gov website says; “amalgam should never be disposed of in the garbage of infectious waste “red bag” and it should never be rinsed down the drain.” To read more from the EPA website click here.
- Funeral homes: Funeral homes generate a considerable amount of medical waste as part of their service. This would include sharps waste, gauze and gowns plus the materials used in the preparation room. Along with medical waste funeral homes also generate other waste as outlined in “The National Funeral Directors Association”. The NFDA issued a document entitled Funeral Home Medical Waste Protocol. This includes a list of wastes not classified as “medical waste” that must be disposed of by other means. These include, but are not limited to:
- Pharmaceutical Waste
- Chemical Waste
- Radioactive Waste
- Bulk Chemotherapy Waste
- Long-term care facilities: The daily care of the sick or elderly staying at a long term care facility generates medical waste as the staff treats their patients. With illnesses such as decubitus ulcers or the complications of diabetes. It is common to see dressings, gloves, cannulas and injection needles along with other standard forms of medical waste. These facilities use biohazard bags and sharps containers to manage the waste safely.
- Physician practices: A doctor’s office handles everything from chronic diseases to major medical emergencies. In the process, they dispose of gloves, dressings, pressure bandages, injection needles and other items classified as “red bag waste” or sharp objects
MedPro’s service extends outside the tradition medical care community, as well, to include:
- Schools: Cultures and infectious agents, culture medium, organic tissue from labs, chemical solutions and blood products
- Veterinary clinics, shelters and hospitals: A small amount of infectious material, plus sharp objects and chemical waste
- Blood banks: Gloves, masks, needles, tubing and blood waste
- Laboratories: Lab waste includes glass equipment, alcohol and mercury thermometers, and environmentally hazardous chemicals
- Jail and prison: Most have infirmaries that generate both red bag waste and sharp objects, along with unused medications
- Casinos: The fact that casinos require medical waste disposal is surprising, but they have guests with chronic illnesses like diabetes and require sharp object disposal
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