Medical institutions generate huge volumes of wastes in a single day. These wastes should be properly segregated, collected, transported, treated and disposed of. These health institutions have equipment which can be used to incinerate some of the wastes. Some wastes do not burn, and therefore there must be a way to get rid of them. The problem of disposal is usually greater for smaller institutions that cannot afford incineration machines to help decrease the volumes of waste.
When you are discarding sharp tools use the appropriate containers to ensure that they are not mixed up. It is a conventional practice to use a needle once and then disposed to avoid the sharing of needles between patients. Sharing of needles among patients is a major contributor to the blood transmissible diseases. The disposal containers are colored red or yellow and are constructed from hard plastic material to ensure that they are not risky to handle and to ensure that needles do not prick them. They include labeling indicating that the container contains sharps and that the contents are bio-hazardous. It is available in two varieties, one available for single use only which should be disposed along with its contents. The second is the reusable type which is robotically sterilized and emptied at a medical waste processing facility before returning for re-use.
Medical centers have this container in their facilities. Diabetics should also own these containers since they use needles daily for their insulin dose. It is very vital that the used syringes be disposed of carefully as when carelessly disposed they can result in spread of disease-causing organisms.
It is simple to dispose of your sharps. One just inserts them in the container using an opening that is upside of the container without letting them touch the outside. You should not apply pressure when inserting the sharps in the container to prevent damage to the kit and injuries. Never allow the container to fill to the top. The full container should be made to authorized venue or a medical facility for disposal.
Sharp containers can be purchased in many different sizes, from very small to large barrels. Small containers can easily fit an examination room counters, and large models are usually used in high-traffic locations such as operating rooms.
Waste disposal is a very important aspect of medical systems that cannot go by unnoticed. Reckless disposal even of the tiniest medical tool can endanger the health of the entire public. It is, therefore, a requirement that the medical waste be properly disposed of for the well-being of the patients, public, and the environment.