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.
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 thus a critical thing for health clinics, practices, surgery centers as well as other companies that produce polluted needles as well as syringes to discard some of medical sharps waste in a correct manner.
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. Overfilling the containers increases the risk of injury. On reaching three quarters it is of good advice to dispose of the contents of the container.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.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.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. Strong material is thus preferred for this purpose.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. Companies making the containers should ensure that they make containers that ensure high protection against the sharp wastes.