New Ways To Reduce the Cost Of Medical Waste Disposal

     Maintaining proper disposal of medical waste is overwhelming. Between labeling, containment, and treatment, this issue has many healthcare facilities stumped as to their next steps in ensuring they are following federal guidelines. In this article we are going to cover: What wastes are considered to be medical waste? Most effective methods of disposal What Wastes are Considered to be Medical Waste?      According to the ...
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HIV Epidemic in Eastern Europe

Europe is on a mission to eradicate HIV/AIDS by 2030. Significant strides have been made in that direction, but the population is still in the midst of an epidemic. Nearly 160,000 new HIV diagnoses were reported in the WHO European Region in 2017, with over 130,000 of those diagnoses occurring in Eastern Europe alone. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe have ...
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Ebola Outbreak in the Congo

An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease has been declared by the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). As of this post, there are 421 cases, including 241 deaths, attributed to this outbreak. This is the second outbreak to hit the North Kivu province this year, and this latest report comes only a week after the official declaration that the previous outbreak had ended. On November 26th, the ...
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CDC confirms 116 cases of polio-like disease

  The CDC has confirmed 116 cases of a rare polio-like disease called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in the U.S. this year as of the date of this post. Found in 31 states as of Monday, over 90% of the cases involve children under the age of 18. For the most part, those affected were experiencing a mild respiratory illness before contracting the disease.   What is AFM?   Acute flaccid myelitis affects the nervous system, ...
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Medical Waste Treatment and Disposal

    Shop For Disposal Options   Medical waste is generated daily by thousands of facilities across the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that, “Of the total amount of waste generated by health-care activities, about 85% is general, non-hazardous waste comparable to domestic waste. The remaining 15% is considered hazardous material that may be infectious, chemical or radioactive.” (1) Regardless of ...
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Four Types of Dental Waste

As a waste management and compliance company we often get asked by dentist “What are the different types of waste I am required to dispose of and show documentation for?” There are four main types of dental waste, and each comes with its own standard for proper disposal. In this post we will discuss the types of dental waste and their disposal methods: Amalgam Hazardous Pharmaceutical Regulated Medical Waste   Amalgam Waste ...
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Safe Needle Disposal at Home

    Sharps Safety 101 Although most associate the term “sharps” with needles and syringes, any medical device that is sharp and can cut or puncture skin falls under this umbrella and needs to be disposed of as such. Along with needles and syringes, lancets (also called a “finger stick”, commonly used for diabetes treatment), infusion sticks, auto injectors and connection needles classify as “sharps”. In 2011, the Coalition ...
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FLU SEASON FEAR: HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE INFLUENZA VIRUS

One hundred years ago, a pandemic swept across the globe, killing 675,000 Americans and over 50 million people worldwide. The culprit? Influenza—more commonly known as the flu. Since 1918, technology has advanced and the CDC has helped Americans become more aware and prepared for flu season.  The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that’s caused by the influenza virus and infects the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. ...
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Sharps Mail Back - Waste disposal Medical

Sharps Mail Back systems are becoming more of a standard for healthcare facilities and non-healthcare facilities that may have employees or family members that self inject. Certain government bodies provide guidance as to how you can dispose of waste and what to do if you have a situation where a employee or family member is stuck by a needle. A few good resources for more information about this: FDA - ...
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Veterinary Sharps Disposal

 Just like Healthcare facilities, tattoo shops, and dental offices, the Veterinary practices are also supposed to manage their waste and effectively dispose of it. The syringes used for vaccination and administration of antibiotics can cause various infections including HIV and HBV to the flurry of pet patients and pet parents sitting in the office region. In a detailed, the waste for veterinarian clinics is classified under ...
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