When it comes to hospitals, we can all relate to that clinical smell, the constant cleaning and the smell of bleach. No doubt most of us have a memory of the hospital and that clinical smell just springs to mind every time we think about it. Cleanliness inside a hospital is not something that is taken lightly, the responsibility to clean and dispose of waste is no doubt taken very very seriously. With this being the case and there being a very wide variety of different types of waste being collected and disposed of it is probably important to look at all the different types of Hospital Waste Equipment that is needed.
Regular waste is disposed of in trash bins with bin bags. Regular waste is probably the easiest type of waste to monitor and dispose of. It gets put into larger bags and thrown in to a larger bin where it stays until it is collected by a waste disposal company. Maybe it might even get recycled which will also help with contributing to the carbon footprint. Regular waste is very rarely harmful to health or open to contamination so it can be easily disposed of Iin a regular bin and also easily collected.
Clinical or Medical Waste consists of infectious or potentially infectious clinical waste which can sometimes be contaminated with chemical or pharmaceutical or medicinal waste. These often include things such as medicated dressings, swabs and wipes. This type of waste is usually stored in clinical waste bins with a yellow strengthened bin bag. This is to try and reduce and limit the risk of contamination or causing harm to others. Clinical waste can also consist of waste contaminated with dressings, swabs, wipes, masks, gloves, gowns, aprons and blood bags. This type of waste is more commonly disposed in an orange strengthened bag so as to differentiate between the two different types of clinical and medical waste. This is so important when it is then taken out to be collected, you want to ensure that the correct bins go in the correct place to help the removal company to do their job properly.
Sharps consist of any sharp device with points or edges that may cause punctures or cuts from medical instruments like needles, syringes an lancets to more domestic items like blades, scissors and broken glass. Even shards of bone or teeth are classed as sharps. Sharps are particularly hazardous when they are contaminated and pose a risk of infection. It is so important that extra care is taken when dealing with and disposing of sharps that are contaminated with blood, bodily fluid or medication. Anyone that works with sharps is fully responsible for the correct disposal of them, making sure that they are disposed of in a way that minimizes risk and injury to themselves and others. Sharp bins are color coded and are made of hard puncture proof plastic and once sharps are disposed of in the bins they cannot be taken back out.
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