DISPOSAL OF MEDICAL WASTE
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. Health centers and pharmacies have to be extra cautious with how they get rid of the waste. 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 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 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. 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 containers should not be overfilled since this increases the injury risk.When the container is three quarter full it is advisable to get rid of its contents. Care should be taken to ensure that the objects does not fall from the container when disposing its contents. Guiding principles of disposing the contents of the container should be adhered to by the health workers as directed by the health facility.The sharp waste containers should also be labeled on the most visible side to prevent any confusion. Making the writing in bold form increase their visibility. Throwing of unwanted waste in the sharp waste containers will be prevented.
The containers should also be fitted with tops and made of materials that are not easily pierced by the sharp objects. 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. 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.Medical sharp waste disposal containers is thus important equipment in the medical sector and should be made in such a way that they ensure maximum protection from the sharp wastes.