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The 4 Main Components of Safe Biohazardous Waste Management in a Long Term Care Clinics

When it comes to managing a long term care clinic, disposing of the potentially infectious waste stream can feel daunting. However, if you understand the 4 main components of safe waste management, you will be on your way to running a safe funeral home that is fully compliant with all regulations.

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Types of Long Term Care Medical Waste

Listed below are the most common types of medical waste found in long term care clinics.

  • Sharps waste, such as needles.
  • Materials such as gauze and gowns that accompany the deceased to the funeral home.
  • Materials used in the preparation room such as disposable gloves, gauze, and tubing.

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OSHA Regulations Affect Long Term Care Clinics

OSHA bloodborne pathogens training that meets hazard communication standards must be provided to all employees who may come in contact with blood or other potentially infectious bodily fluids during their employment. This includes writing an exposure control plan outlining how the funeral home will protect employees from exposure to infectious wastes.

Personal Protective Equipment is Key

In addition to OSHA training, personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent exposure is key. PPE can include face and eye protection, body protection, hand protection and more. Look at the nurse who recently contracted the Ebola virus after caring for a patient in Dallas with Ebola. Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tom Frieden, said “We don’t know what occurred, but at some point there was a breach in protocol.” He went on to say that treating a patient with Ebola can be done safely but “even a single inadvertent slip can result in contamination.”

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