A Guide to Medical Sharps Disposal
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 becomes the duty of the health centers and pharmacies have to be extra watchful regarding the disposal of 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. Sharp equipment’s are from of medical wastes that one cannot miss in high percentage of 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. They should ensure that all needles and sharp equipment are thrown in these containers immediately after use. Overfilling the containers increases the risk of injury. It is required that the contents of the container to be disposed when they are three quarter full. 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.This will prevent disposing of wrong waste in to the container.
The containers should also be made with tops and materials that are puncture proof.It therefore calls for a strong material. Nurses and the doctors should have the containers in their rooms to ensure immediate disposal of the dangerous sharp waste. 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.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.