MEDICAL SHARPS WASTE DISPOSAL CONTAINERS.
Medical sharp wastes can be defined as any lethal material that can harm skin and more often have harmful fluids which are not safe to the body. It is the obligation of the health centers and pharmacies to be extra careful in disposing their wastes.There are various types of wastes that are from such medical set ups which must be disposed well to avoid much danger. Among the wastes to be disposed from a medical set up, sharp equipment’s form the major medical wastes.
Several healthcare personnel operate equipment’s such as needles, syringes not forgetting scalpels causing them to be highly exposed to risk of pathogens arising from injuries instigated by sharp equipment’s. It hence calls for a suitable dumping of piercing equipment’s and ought not to be dumped with other wastes which are mixture of both pointing and non-pointing wastes. It is therefore a crucial thing for medical clinics, practices, surgery center and other businesses that generate contaminated needles and syringes to dispose of medical sharps waste correctly.
Containers of specific nature have been made to assist the nurses and doctors in disposing sharp wastes. Immediately after using the needles and the sharp objects the medical practitioners should see to it that they are disposed correctly in the containers. The sharp wastes should not pass the required level in the container since this can lead to more injuries. On reaching three quarters it is of good advice to dispose of the contents of the container. Care should be taken to ensure that the objects does not fall from the container when disposing its contents.It thus require the health worker to follow the guiding principles of disposing the contents 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. Since bold format makes the texts to be easily visible, it is thus advised to be used in making the writing. Throwing of unwanted waste in the sharp waste containers will be prevented.
The containers should also be made with tops and materials that are puncture proof. Strong material is thus preferred for this purpose. By placing the containers in the medical practitioners’ room ensure that the wastes are easily disposed immediately they are out of use. The containers should also be fitted with the sterilization equipment that deactivates the fluids on the used 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.