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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013 2:03 AM


As more and more disposable doctor supplies become a part of our everyday lives, greater education on the safe disposal of these healthcare supplies is needed. You probably already know the importance of purchasing only high quality disposable medical supplies. But do you know what to do with used healthcare supplies such as needles and syringes to keep everyone safe from infection?In hospital and clinic settings, medical professionals are responsible for the safe disposal of sharps. Sharps is the term that covers medical devices that have sharp edges and that can puncture or cut the skin.Doctor supplies that fall into the sharps category include needles and syringes used to deliver medication, finger sticking devices or lancets used to collect blood samples for testing, tubing and needles used to infuse intravenous and subcutaneous medications, and the connection needles needed for home hemodialysis.Ambulance operators also need to have an effective way to safely dispose of used medical supplies. Anyone who uses a sharp item as part of their pediatric supplies and general physician supplies needs to have a system in place for collecting and safely disposing of sharps.One area that is growing at high speed is home health care. People with diabetes, cancer, arthritis, HIV and allergies are being cared for outside the usual medical care facility and many use medical supplies on a daily basis. Patients and their families have not been through the years of training as to the proper way to dispose of sharps the same way healthcare workers have.
Family members may think it is perfectly fine to toss these items in the toilet, or throw used healthcare supplies loose their home trash receptacle, or place them in the recycle bin. These items are not recycling material! The risk of someone else in the home or a trash collection worker, housekeeper, and especially children becoming infected from touching a used needle or lancet is too great to simply throw these items in the trash alone with no protective outer container to prevent accidental cuts or puncture wounds.Home caregivers, including family member and home health care workers, need to use a safe disposal container designed specifically for used medical supplies or find their own rigid container that can be sealed well with a lid. When choosing an alternative container for use in the home when an FDA approved container isn’t available, choose one that is heavy duty plastic and leak-resistant with a tight fighting lid. A plastic laundry container would work well.
The home sharps container should be kept well out of reach of pets and curious children. You can call your local health department to learn about their sharps disposal recommendations. You don’t want to possibly infect others with the careless handling and disposal of used sharps. They could end up in places you never thought of where they could harm others.Hospital and clinic workers know the importance of immediately placing used medical supplies in their proper containers to reduce the risk of accidental needle pokes, cuts and punctures from loose sharps. These extra safety steps and precautions help keep your work space clean and protect you and your patients from infection.

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