Medical Waste

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Medical waste is unwanted biological products that are highly infectious in nature. It has to be disposed properly otherwise it poses a health and environmental danger. Medical waste is found in hospitals, laboratories, research centres, tattoo parlours, etc. Medical waste is broadly classified as infectious waste and biohazardous waste, and can easily spread any disease virally and can even pose a danger to life.

Hospital bins are a great source of dirt that gets accumulated over a period of time if not emptied timeously. They house a great deal of waste that can contain bacteria, which may further reduce levels of hygiene in patients. They also contain bodily fluids and other waste products that, if stringent measures are not followed, will cause numerous problems for staff and patients. The management of medical waste in developing countries poses a major health problem, inviting serious health implications. When visiting health care facilities, patients should not become more ill than they already are, hence it is vitally important to ensure patient safety by keeping the health centre clean and environmentally sound. Waste collection service providers also have to be looked at meticulously.

Illegal disposal

In many instances of illegal disposal, medical waste is mixed with the municipal waste and a percentage is buried without any measure or burned with no proper regulation. Public awareness of health care waste has grown in recent years, especially with the emergence of Aids. In addition, the possibility that health care waste could transmit HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and other agents associated with blood-borne diseases is also a major concern. Therefore, the disposal of health care waste and its potential health impact are an important public health issue.

Waste threats and disposal

Effective medical waste disposal is the first and foremost way to prevent unwanted diseases and untoward infection from medical wastes. All staff in any hospital or laboratory is equally responsible for housekeeping.

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Medical waste is unwanted biological products that are highly infectious in nature. It has to be disposed properly otherwise it poses a health and environmental danger. Medical waste is found in hospitals, laboratories, research centres, tattoo parlours, etc. Medical waste is broadly classified as infectious waste and biohazardous waste, and can easily spread any disease virally and can even pose a danger to life. 

Hospital bins are a great source of dirt that gets accumulated over a period of time if not emptied timeously. They house a great deal of waste that can contain bacteria, which may further reduce levels of hygiene in patients. They also contain bodily fluids and other waste products that, if stringent measures are not followed, will cause numerous problems for staff and patients. The management of medical waste in developing countries poses a major health problem, inviting serious health implications. When visiting health care facilities, patients should not become more ill than they already are, hence it is vitally important to ensure patient safety by keeping the health centre clean and environmentally sound. Waste collection service providers also have to be looked at meticulously.

Illegal disposal

In many instances of illegal disposal, medical waste is mixed with the municipal waste and a percentage is buried without any measure or burned with no proper regulation. Public awareness of health care waste has grown in recent years, especially with the emergence of Aids. In addition, the possibility that health care waste could transmit HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and other agents associated with blood-borne diseases is also a major concern. Therefore, the disposal of health care waste and its potential health impact are an important public health issue.

Waste threats and disposal

Effective medical waste disposal is the first and foremost way to prevent unwanted diseases and untoward infection from medical wastes. All staff in any hospital or laboratory is equally responsible for housekeeping.

Good housekeeping can reduce the infection to a great extent. It also cuts down on the spreading of microorganisms and bacteria. The advantages of proper medical waste disposal include the creation of a healthy atmosphere that is free from microbes, thus minimising the risk of infection to staff, visitors and other people, cutting off unpleasant sights and bad odours, and the reduction of fleas and insects.

Most staff are not aware of the risks involved when handling medical waste and the related infections. Sharp objects, such as used needs, pose serious risk of infections like HIV, HBV, etc. If medical waste is not properly disposed by staff, then infection may easily spread to patients and other clients who visit hospital and laboratories. Moreover, while disposing of medical waste, it must be done cautiously without polluting the environment. In an ideal world, staff disposing of medical waste must be well-trained and must be observed by a supervisor. In addition, every hospital must follow the segregation guidelines.

Bin varieties:

Some hospitals have installed fire retardant bins in many places that are required by the rules of safety and hygiene. The safety of the patients is crucial to hospitals, making these bins very important in areas where patients’ health and safety is at risk.

Hygiene should be a top focus in places where health care is of primary importance. These bins are not only fire-retardant, but also have antibacterial and microbial properties, which help ensure that the bin is not responsible for spreading any kind of disease or infection.

There are many medical waste bins, community waste bins and waste collection bins in hospitals that are colour-coded and are available in different areas throughout the health care facility. There are also simple sack holder bins that have pedals or even sensors to prevent mishandling of the bin. Mishandling of bins is a serious issue as this where most transfer of infections occurs.

When install the medical waste bins, litterbins and waste collection bins, another important factor to consider is size. All bins should ideally be roughly the same size. If one type of bind is filled before another, then there is an increased chance that people will fill the wrong bins with the wrong products – and may lead to improper disposal methods thereof. The hospital bin is a very important tool that helps ensure that health care facilities remain hygienic for a long period, and it is ultimately the responsibility of the authorities in question to take care of this fact.

Henque Waste Healthcare Solutions is uniquely positioned to offer you the most comprehensive healthcare waste disposal systems – we are a partner you can rely on and an expert that you can trust.

From the supply of specific containers, collection to disposal, every single aspect of the journey is managed through us – be it logistics, transportation, safety, compliance, documentation or staff training, we’re here to make the process simple and seamless.

The healthcare waste disposal industry is also highly regulated – we comply with every single regulation and adhere to the legislation relevant to the process.

Whether you are running a national pharmaceutical corporation or a rural hospital, we’re strategically located along the Garden Route and have a fleet of collection vehicles, ensuring we can service any facility.

 

TRACKING AND CONTROL

Through our tracking system, waste asset owners are able to improve security, staff productivity, associated business processes and customer care. All waste output is recorded, itemised, weighed, scanned and verified. We are thorough in the documentation and management of every single stage of the process.

Once your waste is en-route, we track it and can therefore ensure complete compliance and a reliable outcome. An automated dynamic vehicle routing system is used to ensure prompt and efficient delivery. At the end point, all waste is checked against the supporting documents. Drivers are inclusive in this process and are held accountable and a full route debrief is conducted.

QUALITY PRODUCT AND SKILLS

We use top of the range certified waste receptacles to ensure that your healthcare waste is safely contained, easy to transport and easy to identify.

We supply the containers, specific to your facilities requirements, and liaise with your team to create delivery schedules that suit your routine.

Our SABS Approved Sacrificial Health Care Risk Waste containers have unique attributes to ensure safety and ease of use.

Design Utility

We use rectangular containers that have the following attributes;

a) rigid

b) have superior strength

c) have better stack ability

d) hold a greater volume

This saves floor space, when in use and when stored.

Ease of Use and Safety

Lids are secure and designed with safety and ease of use in mind. The lids secure onto the base with a unique lock-in mechanism.

Sharps receptacles are equipped with a superior functioning sliding lid mechanism and a locking ratchet that ensures safety from needle prick injuries.

The handle mechanism has a fixed stud axle so that the container can safely swivel past a 180-degree angle without snapping or coming undone when being carried. This prevents spillage incidents.

Versatility:

The 4 litre, 8 litre, 12 litre and 20 litre products all share a universal lid and wall/trolley bracket – making different sized containers interchangeable at the same locations during busy or quieter intervals, and contributing to cost saving initiatives.

We train hospital personnel in best practice methods to correctly segregate and containerise waste.

TYPES OF WASTE:

 

  • PATHOLOGICAL

  • INFECTIOUS

  • SHARPS

  • PHARMACEUTICAL/CHEMICAL WASTE

 

COLLECTION:

 

We liaise with each facility and establish delivery times and specified collection locations. We schedule regular meetings with healthcare staff and therefore have a history of excellent on-site waste management operations.

 

TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL:

 

Everything is treated in accordance with current regulations and the legislation of the province or area we operate in.

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