The different types of medical waste will dictate the kind of Medical Waste Containers that you will need to be using for each. It is highly important that all medical waste is contained and disposed of properly to avoid injury, contamination or any other harmful consequences. If you work in a hospital, dentist or other clinical environment you will be very familiar with the way in which medical waste is dealt with and disposed of. If, however, you are new to dealing with medical waste it is important to familiarize yourself with different types of waste and various types of containers. It probably seems very simple but making a mistake will unfortunately be very costly. So then, what are some of the medical waste containers that are being used?
Medical Waste Bags
There are a variety of medical waste bags that can be used and they also vary in size. Some are smaller and have a zip lock to keep the object or item well contained and secure when being transported or disposed of. There are medium sized bags that can fit more medical items such as cloths, tissues or the such like. There is also a larger bag, very much like a bin bag that will just hold medical waste until it can be emptied and disposed of in the larger bins outside. The bags are stronger and more robust than usual bin bags and this is to ensure the bag does not rupture to cause any loss of medical waste. Bags are a quick and easy solution to containing most medical waste but there are other items that cannot be disposed of in a regular bin bag.
Sharps Box and Containers
Sharps are probably the most difficult of medical waste to deal with due to the fact that they cannot be disposed of regularly. When using any type of sharp object, you need to be sure that it is disposed of in a container that can be used to put the sharp in but is then very difficult to retract the sharp. The reason for this type of container is that say you use a needle and it put in to a normal bag it is left open to cause harm and contamination to others. If, however, the sharp or needle is disposed of correctly in a sharps container then you can be confident that it is safe and will not then lead to causing harm. The sharp will be properly contained and will stay in the container until it is taken away and disposed of properly by a medical waste disposal company.
These are just two of many types of containers but just by seeing these you can see the importance of properly disposing of medical waste and being sure that you know what objects go where and how to limit the risk if injury and contamination. Doing so will be beneficial to both yourself and your colleagues that are working closely beside you.
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