Dumping bio-medical waste in open ground, municipality dumpsters or nearby water bodies leads to the spread of diseases. Burning these medical wastes also leads to exposure to harmful gases which may lead to diseases like cancer. The government has strict rules as to how these wastes are to be disposed of. The regulated medical waste disposal is very important and should be dealt with properly by the people responsible for these wastes.
What is regulated medical waste disposal?
According to government rules, biohazardous waste must be disposed of in a bag that is clearly marked biohazard and once it is contained properly it must be removed from the medical vicinity and be destroyed properly as per government regulations and in a place where it does not harm the people or any living things. If these regulations are not followed properly it may lead to heavy penalties and jail term.
How is medical waste disposed of?
All medical wastes must be properly labeled and put in proper containers, like used needles and sharp objects are to be kept in a different container for disposal where it cannot puncture the container. Contact a medical waste removal company and work along with them to properly dispose of the waste. It is the sole responsibility of the organization which creates the medical waste to properly dispose of it without harming or contaminating the area. So it is important that every medical facility work with a medical waste removal company and properly dispose of the medical waste it is creating.
Importance of medical waste disposal
Unhygienic ways of keeping medical waste in the medical vicinity may lead to doctors, nurses, patients and other health workers and also the people who clean the buildings being exposed to infectious diseases. It also carries the risk of polluting the environment. So they must follow the regulated medical waste disposal in a very serious manner. Hospital waste management will ensure that the people working in a hospital are not exposed to used needles, any other sharp equipment that is used to treat a sick patient. Even the bandages, cotton swabs, etc may contain infectious diseases that can be transmitted to others so all these need to be safely kept in proper containers and given off for disposal.
There are four types of medical waste
- General- it is nothing but a normal office or household waste.
- Infectious- these types contain blood, tissue, or any other bodily fluid that comes from an infected person and runs the risk of infecting others.
- Hazardous – these are dangerous like discarded needles, discarded surgical equipment, and chemical waste.
- Radioactive-any waste that is generated as a result of radioactive treatments like treating a cancer patient and pieces of equipment that use nuclear elements.
So if proper care is not taken in disposing of these medical waste it may lead to serious complications in the society.