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Florida is the 22nd largest state in the United States, however, it is the 3rd most populous. It has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States, at approximately 1,350 miles, and is the only state to border both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Juan Ponce de Leon, a Spanish explorer, was the first European to make contact with Florida in 1513. Since then, it was the principal location of the Seminole Wars against the Native Americans, and a state divided by racial segregation following the American Civil War. In modern times, Florida is known for its large Cuban expatriate community and rapid population growth.
With such a large population, the hospitals located throughout Florida have a lot of patients that come and go, relying on the centers to nurse them back to health. While this is a great thing, with all that care comes by-products. More specifically, medical waste. Medical waste is unique in the fact that it cannot simply be placed into a standard waste bucket, as that causes concern for the health of Florida’s residents and extensive ecosystem.
Medical waste can be a variety of things, including, but not limited to: IV bags, used sharps, gauze pads, soaked bandages and even human tissue. When these items are used on a patient, they immediately need to be placed into the respective medical waste container, in order to minimize the spread of blood-borne pathogens. Blood-borne pathogens are very dangerous and have the ability to spread harmful diseases if an unprotected individual were to come in contact with them. In 2011, over 17 million cases of infection were reported in hospitals due to the contamination of sterile environments, according to the CDC. MedPro Disposal is dedicated to reducing that number and keeping the residents, along with the environment in good health.
As a MedPro customer, the hassle associated with determining what waste can go in the normal trash stream and what needs to go in the medical waste container is eliminated. We will send your facility a poster that can be placed next to the medical waste container, and it clearly outlines what products need to be disposed of in that bin, and what products are safe to dispose of in the normal waste bucket.
While we are known nationwide for being a premier choice of healthcare facilities to service their medical waste disposal needs, we also offer other services and products to businesses in Florida. One of our very popular services that is typically bundled with medical waste removal, is our pharmaceutical disposal program, which is designed with simplicity in mind. MedPro will send your facility a 2.5 gallon bucket that is used to discard unused or expired medications in. When your facility fills this bucket to capacity, simply attach the included pre-paid shipping label, and send it off to our disposal facility. Your location is then supplied with a brand new bucket, ready to begin collecting medications. A nice feature of this service is that it is only a one-time fee per bucket, whether it takes your facility 1 week or 1 year to fill.
Along with the previously mentioned services, MedPro Disposal is also proud to offer our online OSHA compliance portal to our Florida clients. This online portal allows administrator access to assign job-specific tasks to either individual employees, or assigned as group training, whichever is preferred. The online program stores all certificates of completion in one, centralized location, making it very easy to access and review, should the need ever arise. This program eliminates costly outside consulting, which usually requires shutting down for half a day to train all employees. This is lost time and revenue: bad news for the bottom line.
With the cost of living increasing nationwide, Florida included, anything that can be done to save costs is crucial to the survival of a business. Our current customers in Florida are consistently seeing savings in the 20-40% range, compared to their previous waste haulers. That’s money that can be reinvested into better patient care, increasing the satisfaction of your customers.
Florida was the first area of the continental United States to be settled by Europeans. They introduced Christianity, cattle, horses, sheep and much more to Florida. Over time, Florida eventually became a burden to Spain, who could not afford to send settlers and patrols. On March 3rd, 1821, President James Monroe took possession of East and West Florida for the United States. In 1822, the two sides were merged into the Florida Territory.
In the early 20th century, Florida’s economy was based primarily on agriculture, such as cattle farming, sugarcane, citrus, tomatoes, and strawberries.
Substantial economic growth in the 1920s stimulated tourism in Florida and the subsequent development of hotels and resort communities. However, devastating hurricanes in the second half of the decade, followed by the Great Depression, brought that growth to a screeching halt. It did not rebound until the buildup for World War II.
Currently, tourism makes up one of the largest sectors of the state economy. 1.2 million people are employed in the tourism industry in the state of Florida, and in 2015, Florida hosted a record 105 million visitors, breaking the 100-million visitor mark for the first time in state history.