Medical Waste Management Industry💉- Let’s Talk About It
Medical Waste Management Industry💉: When many businesses such as doctors or dentist surgeons are operating at their respective facilities, they often forget about medical waste and its management. In this blog, I will discuss the waste management of medical waste. In saying this, let me discuss more on the topic of medical waste management industry and its importance to society.
But first, please refer to our medical waste management pdf file that can help business owners understand its benefits.
How can Waster Help?
Waster provides all bin services, recycling services and bio medical waste management solutions such as clinical waste, medical waste bins and sharps disposal services.
We operate on 30 day agreements and so you never need to sign a long term contract. You can book your services online by pressing the blue button as below:
What Is The Medical Waste Management Industry? And What Does It Do?
As some of you might realize, having effective medical waste management – especially for sharps – for the industries related to medicine is very important, especially nowadays with the global pandemic COVID-19. But, what exactly is medical waste management? Let me explain.
Basically, medical waste management refers to the disposal of byproducts of medical, surgical, and treatment procedures commonly found and used at healthcare facilities. And, it is collected and treated by a waste management industry that offers medical waste disposal services (like Waster). Take note, disposing of medical waste is very important; we here at Waste cannot stress it enough!
Remember, it is handled by professionals that surely know what they are doing. Before the start of medical waste management companies, they first had a medical waste management business plan in their minds. They know all of the regulations governing medical waste facilities. Additionally, they also adhere to federal and state regulations. They consider many things before starting their business.
Medical Waste Management: Healthcare Industry Problems In Australia
In other news, Australia’s healthcare industry currently battles a significant spike in medical waste. What ways can we properly dispose of this waste?
In some parts of Australia, people resort to incinerating medical waste. Is this the right way to do things?
Maybe yes, maybe no. While it does kill the toxic organisms and reduces waste, incinerating it also means releasing harmful emissions in the air.
According to Hospital and Healthcare, “the sheer volume of hospital waste (for example, surgical drapes, plastics, cotton, latex, etc, and contaminants such as human tissue, blood, bacteria, viruses, prions, drugs, heavy metals, chemicals, drugs, etc) causes a significant economic burden for authorities. This can be further complicated and dangerous when the waste includes cytotoxic contaminated waste from oncology services in hospitals/clinics.”
If not incineration, they usually end up in garbage dumps and landfill, instead. That would be a bad idea as this implies throwing highly-infected sharps – or other medical waste contaminants – in landfill wherein garbage collectors come in contact to.
How To Manage Medical Waste
- In order to ensure proper medical waste management, you first have to make sure to put the sharps or any type of medical waste in the correct bin.
- Wait for the medical waste collector (like Waster) for eventual pick-up of the waste. The collectors will then take it to the facility for proper processing.
- Depending on how facilities handle medical waste, they usually study their content first before deciding what to do. They get its details like weight, the location where it is from, etc.
- After that, the waste is then taken for sterilisation.
- While sterilising the medical waste, its container is taken to another site wherein they decontaminate it from residue that can pose a significant health threat.
- The personnel at the medical waste treatment facility then grinds it. The grinders will then ensure that everything is properly processed. It will go in reverse if the waste resists crushing.
- Once the people at the medical waste treatment facility complete the grinding process, the components then should be less than an inch. The remaining solid and liquid waste will then be contaminated by placing it in a microwave tunnel. It is held in the hopper for approximately one hour at about 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
- After all of that stuff happens, the medical waste treated can now be finally labelled as safe to recycle! The treatment process reduces medical waste by about 80 per cent. It can finally be used for building materials such as cement.
Importance Of Medical Waste Management
As once again stated by MedAssure, “One of the main challenges to waste companies is knowing what’s being sent in its trucks to the treatment facility. They rely on trusting the provider that the pickup ordered was done correctly. An even bigger issue arises when regular waste is thought to be picked up and then it’s revealed that it was a medical waste”.
Now, to further elaborate, why exactly are the medical waste management and disposal so important and necessary? The answer is very simple; as stated above, the primary reason is it ensures the safety of the healthcare facilities and the likes’ workers, patients/customers, and the environment. If you read our blog on infectious waste disposal, you would know that bio waste is a type of dangerous and contagious waste that can be handled with effective medical waste management.
Additionally, there is also the medical waste act you should know. The Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010, or W2R EPP, regulates the healthcare facilities (but not hospitals with more than 40 beds and pathology laboratories). Before, they strongly required the facilities to incinerate the medical waste, but now there are other alternative methods (such as medical waste management disposal services) in addition to incinerating it.
Remember, to ensure proper medical waste management, make sure to put it in the correct bin!
No Extra Charges For Sealed Containers
If you have a medical waste management bin collection through Waster, you can place a sealed sharps container in the bin for collection at no extra charge.
Conclusion On The Medical Waste Management Industry
If your business (either a healthcare facility or laboratory) is in need of the services of medical waste management companies, you can contact us, Waster. We will be glad to help you with that.
Medical waste management is simple to arrange. You can dispose of a sharp – or any other medical waste – securely by using a sharps container.
See our blog on all medical waste and the options available.
Please see a Ted talk as below regarding the importance of correct disposal of used medication: