Montana Medical Waste Savings
|Practice Type||Zip Code||Projected Annual Savings|
|Health Care Clinic||59427||$3,600|
|Community Health Center||59034||$900|
Montana, sometimes known as the Treasure State is one of the many homes of the Yellowstone National Park and also one of the largest states in the country. With over 100 mountain ranges, Montana is one of the most mountainous states in the country. Interestingly enough, most of the state is actually flat land and prairies with only the western part of the state having mountains run through it.
During the winter these mountains make Montana an amazing vacation spot. Downhill, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are especially popular with 15 fully developed resorts across the state.
Every year people from all around the world visit MT to vacation at these amazing resorts. In fact, according to the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development says that in 2015 non-residents spent a staggering 3.7 billion dollars, paid for $1.4 billion in salaries to Montana residents, and supported $200 million in taxes. Perhaps most importantly, tourism directly supports almost 64,000 jobs in Montana.
After agriculture, tourism is the second largest industry in Montana. Because of the booming agriculture, tourism and healthcare industries Montana’s unemployment rates run a full 1% lower than the national average with Montana at 3.9% unemployment and the average being 4.9% across the whole United States of America.
Healthcare in Montana
Trauma is one of the leading causes of death for people aged 1 to 44 years old in the US. Generally, most of these deaths are caused by car accidents or falls. Unfortunately, there are no Level 1 trauma centers in Montana. The closest Level 1 trauma center is actually in Seattle which means if you are in Billings and need to go to a trauma 1 center you would have to travel 820 miles!
The Department of Public Health and Human Services reports that due to the lack of trauma centers, and the fact that Montana has a very low population density, it can take hours before someone can be completely treated. That being said, there are 4 Trauma II centers in the state, and all healthcare workers from first responders to surgeons are given extra training on how to stabilize someone in the event that they need to be transported.
Thankfully the healthcare industry is the fastest growing industry in MT. The Billings Gazette reports that between now and 2022 the healthcare field will add 1,300 annually, or almost 8,000 jobs by 2022.
Along with the tremendous job growth, wages are also considerably higher for people in this field. For instance, in 2014 the average yearly wage for a registered nurse was $61,814. The statewide average on the other hand is $38,879 or $22,935 less than RNs.
With Great Growth Comes Great Responsibility…
As the health sector grows, so does the amount of hospitals, family practices and other medical waste generating facilities.
In order to keep Montana’s beautiful mountains free of trash you must properly dispose of all of your waste. From regular garbage to medical waste – you have to account for it all.
Medical, pharmaceutical and sharps waste is more dangerous, though. If medications aren’t disposed of properly they will leak into the local water supplies and hurt wildlife and even humans. If medical waste isn’t disposed properly it will be taken by animals such as birds and squirrels, which obviously will cause harm to these animals and possibly spread disease.
The big danger is really used needles and syringes. If there is a used needle sitting in a regular garbage can a sanitation worker may accidentally get stabbed which not only hurts, but can spread things like HIV and Hepatitis.
MedPro wants to keep Montana clean and safe for everybody. In order to do this, we provide cost effective disposal solutions so everyone from a small one doctor practice to hospitals can afford our services and do their part in keeping your state clean!