A Guide to Medical Sharps Disposal
Medical sharp wastes are some dangerous material that have a high possibility of causing harm to the skin and in most scenarios can contain dangerous unclean fluids which are harmful to the body. It is the obligation of the health centers and pharmacies to be extra careful in disposing their wastes. There are several kinds of wastes that often come from medical set ups and care ought to be taken in disposing them to avoid risking other lives. Among the wastes are the sharp equipment that form the major medical wastes.
Many healthcare workers handle equipment such as needles, syringes and scalpels making them top be at a high risk of exposure to pathogens from injuries caused by sharp equipment’s. It thus demand for an appropriate dumping of pointed equipment’s and acre should be taken not to dispose a mixture of sharp and not pointed materials because they can easily cut when handling them. It is hence a vital issue for medical clinics, health practitioners, surgery center and other firms that generate contaminated needles and syringes to dispose of medical sharps waste properly.
Manufacturing of special type of containers that are used by the medical practitioners in disposing sharp wastes have been devised. It is thus a requirement that all used needle and sharp objects to be disposed in the containers. The sharp wastes should not pass the required level in the container since this can lead to more injuries. It is required that the contents of the container to be disposed when they are three quarter full.In conducting this, one should be careful to ensure that the objects don’t spill off. Guiding principles of disposing the contents of the container should be adhered to by the health workers as directed by the health facility. Clear labels should be place on the most visible side of the containers to prevent mix up of the contents of the sharp waste container. Making the writing in bold form increase their visibility.This will prevent disposing of wrong waste in to the container.
The containers should also be fitted with tops and made of materials that are not easily pierced by the sharp objects. Manufacturing of these containers therefore need to be done by strong materials. Nurses and the doctors should have the containers in their rooms to ensure immediate disposal of the dangerous sharp waste. Inside the containers should have equipment that deactivates the chemical and fluids that may be on the objects. The reason behind this is the recent increase of the risk of one getting blood transmitted diseases which are easily transmitted by exchange of body fluids. Companies making the containers should ensure that they make containers that ensure high protection against the sharp wastes.