Please use those sharps containers for disposing of sharps

We frequently find sharps that are either loose in the RMW box or disposed of in inappropriate containers (detergent bottles, often) or improperly sealed sharps containers. We strive for safety for our own staff and for our customers. Here is a journal article that reviews sharps injuries in RWM disposal.

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The highly regulated world in which we operate

Medical waste is not like trash, that’s for sure. Generators (you), haulers (us), and treatment facilities (also us!) must operate under a very strict regulatory framework. Attached are a few of the state regulations that are applicable. This does not even include federal regulations from the EPA and Department of Transportation.

While we don’t expect you to read all of the this, you can be assured that we have and so have the regulators and inspectors that visit us often. You can feel confident that we are treating your medical waste with the utmost concern for public safety and for the environment.

These regulations relate to the overall regulation of medical waste

These regulations relate to the proper packaging of regulated medical waste

These regulations relate to the design and ...

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One size does not fit all- custom RMW boxes

If you are a low volume generator of regulated medical waste and our standard size boxes are too large to fit in your office, you can use your own box provided it has an approved red bag liner and has appropriate labeling on the outside. We offer stickers for just this purpose.

You can also download a pdf of the label here.

  • Print the label large enough so that it is readable from at least five feet away
  • Securely tape or glue the label on
  • You can place sharps containers directly in the box as long as they are fully snap-shut. Everything else must go into a red bag then in the box.

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Medical waste quick reference guide

In this highly regulated industry, you want to be sure you and your team are in full compliance. Here is a quick reference guide to help you decide what does and does not go in a red bag.

Medmentum RMW guidelines

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What is medical waste?

Frequently asked questions about medical waste

What is “medical waste” or “potentially infectious” material?

The Medical Waste Tracking Act of 1988 broadly defined medical waste as any solid waste that is generated in the diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of human beings or animals. It excluded hazardous waste and household waste. Specifically, the law stated that medical waste included, but was not limited to, the following:

  • Items that are freely dripping liquid or semi-liquid blood or “potentially infectious materials” or could readily release infectious materials if compressed
  • Items containing dried blood or “potentially infectious materials” that could release flakes if compressed or otherwise handled
  • Human blood and blood products, including serum, plasma, and blood compo...
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Hand Sanitizers

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There are generally two kinds of hand sanitizers: those containing alcohol of some form and those containing povidone-iodine, benzalkonium chloride, or triclosan.

Alcohol-based sanitizers: GOOD

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The alcohol based hand sanitizers are effective. Formulations containing 70% ethanol kill 99.9% of the bacteria on hands 30 seconds after application and 99.99% to 99.999% in one minute [source: Rotter M. (1999). “Hand washing and hand disinfection”. Hospital epidemiology and infection control 87]

When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:

  1. Apply product to the palm of one hand.
  2. Rub hands together.
  3. Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry.

[source: “Clean Hands Save Lives!” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. December 11, 2013]

Non Alcohol-based sa...

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This is how you pack an RMW box properly

To ensure maximum safety for your staff  (and our staff), please observe these tips when packing RMW boxes:

  • No loose sharps. All sharps must be in approved sharps containers (not detergent bottles, soda bottles, etc.)
  • Do not overfill the box. The lid should close easily and note the 45 lbs maximum weight limit
  • To minimize the chance of cross contamination, try not to disrupt the contents of the  box as you tie off the red liner. No need to seal it perfectly, just tie it closed by the corners.
  • Make sure there are no liquids in the bottom of the liner. Make sure all liquids are absorbed by something else.
  • No chemotherapy waste (contact us for explaination)
  • No radioactive waste
  • No bulk human tissue (amputated limbs, for example)

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Regardless of your political or religious beliefs, this is heartbreaking.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10717566/Aborted-babies-incinerated-to-heat-UK-hospitals.html

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Medmentum does not accept fetal remains for disposal.

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Medmentum creates SAFEly™ e-learning modules

Medmentum has released two SAFEly e-learning online training courses to help medical facilities stay in compliance with regulations and to keep their staff safer. These first two courses, Bloodborne Pathogens and Hazard Communication are available now.

The courses are divided into modules, each with a specific learning topic. Upon course completion, a PDF certificate is issued for your record keeping. Contact Medmentum to register and take these courses.

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Medical Waste incineration is not the solution to medical waste

This is a recent article about a poorly managed Stericycle facility in Utah. The dangerous potential of medical waste does not disappear with incineration. The pollutants are spread far and wide throughout the atmosphere and the resultant solid byproduct of the incineration has to be landfilled as well.

Hypocritical Smoke: The Scandal of Medical Waste Incineration

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