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 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 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.
Special containers have been devised to help the medical practitioners in disposing off the sharp wastes. It is thus a requirement that all used needle and sharp objects to be disposed in the containers.The containers should not be overfilled since this increases the injury risk. 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. 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 is required to be labeled on the most visible sides to minimize the possibilities of confusion. 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.These containers should also be placed inside the rooms of the medical practitioners to enable the dispose of the wastes immediately they are through with them. 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. Owing to the importance of the medical sharp waste disposal containers their manufacturers should be able to ensure that they provide the highest protection against the sharp wastes.