Medical Waste: Do You Remember? Grey’s Anatomy Finale Scavenger Hunt

Posted by | May 16, 2014 10:40 AM

Can you find these medical waste and compliance items in the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy?

Updated: July 16th 2015, Does any one wish they would bring this back?

Well, a decade of Grey’s Anatomy has come to an end with the season finale containing an emotional goodbye. So we figured we’d give you something fun to do while re-watching (and re-watching and re-watching…) the finale this weekend! See if you can spot these medical waste and compliance items in the episode. We’ve given you some definitions and examples to help you along. Have fun!

Image: ABC/Kelsey McNeal/Eonline

1. Sharps Container

What is a sharps container? 

A sharps container is a puncture-proof container used to store used needles and other medical sharps. These containers are marked biohazard and are red to warn people that there is a hazard inside. These containers usually have a special top to stop needles and sharps from spilling out if the container were dropped. Some sharps containers are reusable and must be emptied, washed and sterilized before being reused. Others are one time use containers that are discarded with the waste inside.

What does it look like? (this is just one example – there are many types of sharps containers)

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2. Biohazard Bag

What is a biohazard bag?

Biohazard bags, or red bags, are used to control the spread of disease from discarded waste generated in a clinical setting from the diagnosis, immunization and treatment of humans and animals. These bags are marked with the biohazard symbol and the words “infectious waste” or “biohazard waste.” Things that go in this bag include contaminated gloves, gauze, visibly bloody bandages and plastic tubing, securely closed sharps containers and more.

What does it look like?

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3. OSHA Compliance Information

What is OSHA Compliance?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers rules regarding workplace safety to help companies know exactly what should be done to provide a safe work environment for employees. This involves creating exposure control plans in case of an incident, clearly defined safety plans, completing training related to the line of work and more. An example of training for medical workers is bloodborne pathogens training which is vital when working in the healthcare industry.

What does it look like? Compliance training used to look like binders full of training documents and files with plans. However, most practices have converted to a completely online compliance management system.

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4. PPE

What is PPE?

PPE stands for personal protective equipment. This is any clothing or equipment worn by employees to protect them from health and safety hazards. Some examples of PPE include gloves, masks, scrubs, and safety glasses.

What does it look like?

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Image: MDS Associates

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5. Bloodborne Pathogens

What are bloodborne pathogens?

Bloodborne pathogens are pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause disease in humans. Examples of these pathogens include, but are not limited to, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B.

What does it look like?

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