When it comes to medical waste, the discussions tend to focus on healthcare facilities, like laboratories, private practice firms, medical groups, assisted living facilities, dental offices, and of course hospitals. In the medical waste removal field, we know that medical waste isn’t limited to these types of organizations, and as previously noted on the blog, medical waste is also produced by tattoo parlors, veterinary offices, and even blood banks. Perhaps one area that is less talked about is prison facilities, but even these institutions need proper medical waste removal.
Prisons and jails are required to provide health care to inmates at a level comparable to what they would receive if they were not incarcerated. This means there is a wide scope of services that will invariably produce some type of waste; nurses, doctors, dental hygienists, phlebotomists and other professionals are required to care for inmates. This will lead to used sharps, soiled bandages, dental equipment and tooth fragments. Other types of waste produced at prison facilities include
• Discarded surgical gloves
• Discarded needles
• Culture stocks, swabs
• Discarded lancets
• Surgical instruments
Disposal of this waste is a safety, as well as an environmental concern, as many medical wastes are classified as infectious or biohazardous and could potentially lead to the spread of infectious disease. Discarded needles may expose waste workers, inmates, and prison workers to potential needle stick injuries and potential infection when containers break open inside garbage trucks or needles are mistakenly sent to recycling facilities. Used needles can transmit serious diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis, therefore they must be dealt with by a professional company who is trained and equipped to deal with medical waste removal.
It is critical to have a trained and certified firm like MedXWaste to legally and safely remove your medical waste products within the full compliance of state and federal laws.
It is vital for businesses to decrease the risk of disease transmission with safe and proper disposal methods. MedXWaste utilizes an incineration method with an autoclave machine that is also environmentally friendly. Our staff will uphold our high standards of efficient, clean and successful removal and reduce any risk at your workplace.