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3 SIMPLE STEPS TO DISPOSING BIOMEDICAL WASTE PROPERLY

Whether you work in a small clinic or the emergency room, there are a million things that must be done each day in order to keep your facility compliant and safe. Shredding documents, posting signs, filing documents, and other tasks take up a lot of time.

What happens when these tasks are put off to the end of the day? Nothing major as long as it’s done. However, when it comes to disposing of biomedical waste, a lot can happen if not completed correctly.

Here are a few simple steps to help when disposing of biomedical waste.

STEP 1: WHAT ARE YOU DISPOSING OF?
The first step to disposing of biomedical waste and other hazardous waste is to identify what it is that you are about to toss. Is it bio-hazardous? Can the waste infect others or carry potentially infectious materials? Some examples of biohazardous material include blood-soaked bandages, pathological waste, and sharps waste like used needles after giving a shot.

• Other examples include:
• Human blood
• Bodily Fluids
• Body parts from a surgery or biopsy
• Discarded viruses or cultures
• Needles, scalpels, broken glass

Being able to identify the type of waste to be tossed can also save your facility money. Since disposing of medical waste costs more than disposing of regular trash in the landfill, it’s important to know the difference between the two types of waste. By placing regular trash in the trashcan and medical waste in proper disposal containers, you can cut down on the amount of medical waste that your facility is charged for when transporting and disposing.

STEP 2: HOW DO YOU STORE THIS TYPE OF BIOMEDICAL WASTE?
Once you have identified what kind of waste you are dealing with, it’s now time to ask the most important question. How do you store this particular type of biomedical waste? Not all medical waste is equal and must be stored properly.

At ManageMed, we provide biohazard bags and biohazard containers. Using labeled and brightly colored biohazard bags and containers make it easy to segregate any medical waste saving you time, money, and keeping everyone safe. 

STEP 3: HOW DO YOU DISPOSE OF BIOMEDICAL WASTE PROPERLY?
Disposing of your biomedical waste is the easiest part. All you have to do is contact ManageMed Biomedical Waste Services to get started. From coast to coast, ManageMed provides a variety of professional and affordable waste management solutions. From biomedical waste transportation to biomedical waste disposal, we are here to take care of your facility’s overall medical waste management.

And since health care facilities are required to train their staff on how to identify the different types of medical waste and how to properly dispose of it, ManageMed also offers flexible, online OSHA training to make it easy for medical facilities to get their team trained and informed on the proper ways to handle and dispose of biomedical waste. Check out our full line-up of medical waste services and give us a call today at 844-383-8933.



WHO CREATES MEDICAL WASTE AND HOW CAN MANAGEMED BIOMEDICAL WASTE SERVICES HELP?

When it come to medical waste, many people may be surprised that hospitals and clinics are not the only types of facilities that create hazardous and/or bio-medical waste. In fact, the list is growing with the different types of businesses and facilities that add to the medical waste stream each and every day.

Keep reading to see if your business made the list and to learn how Managemed can help you with removal and disposal of your medical waste.

WHO CREATES MEDICAL WASTE?
Medical waste is classified as “any solid waste generated in the diagnosis, treatment or immunization of humans or animals, in research pertaining thereto, or even in the process of testing of biologicals.”

For this reason, there are several businesses and facilities that may be disposing of medical waste by simply throwing it in the trash. (To learn why this is a big “no, no”, read our blog, “3 REASONS WHY BIO-MEDICAL WASTE SERVICES ARE NECESSARY”.) For example, schools and daycare facilities usually have a nurse on staff to take care of accidents like a bloody knee or nurses may be responsible for administering daily shots. In this case, the nurse would need to dispose of the used needles in a sharps container.

Other non-medical facilities that need a proper removal and disposal service include veterinary offices, dental offices, and lab and research facilities. However, one of the fastest growing businesses is the in-home care industry. There is an increasing number of home health nurses who assist patients in their homes after surgeries or even on a daily basis.

Other types of industries that produce medical waste are hotel chains, tattoo parlors, and manufacturing facilities. Managemed has a diversified client base and is willing to work with businesses in order to create a safe and healthy environment through the use of proper disposal solutions.

MANAGEMED CAN HELP YOU MANAGE YOUR HAZARDOUS AND MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL
Pick-up options - Managemed offers a variety of pick-up options ranging from weekly to semi-annually. With Managemed you get to create a schedule that fits your facility’s needs.

Availability
- Managemed can be found from coast to coast. We provide services to the lower 48 states.

Low prices, high customer satisfaction
- We provide consistent and competitive pricing on all of our services. And because our business is built on a foundation of integrity, honesty, kindness, decency, respect, compassion and a belief in truth, justice, honor, love, and working together to make life better, we offer fair contracts with set prices.

No matter your type of business or industry, if you produce medical waste, Managemed wants to help. Give us a call today by giving us a call at 844.383.8933. Let Managemed do the research, employee training, and everything in between to create a safe and compliant medical waste disposal plan that fits you and your business’s needs.


THE TOP 5 MEDICAL WASTE CATEGORIES

One of the first steps of the removal and disposal of medical waste is separating the different types of medical waste. This is because certain processes of disposal for one type of waste may not necessary be a good choice or even safe for another type of medical waste.

The following is a breakdown of the different types of bio-medical waste that Managemed commonly disposes. 

1. INFECTIOUS WASTE
By definition, infectious waste is any waste products or substances, which are likely to have be contaminated or exposed to an infectious virus, bacteria, parasites, etc. Waste products may include lab cultures, tissues, and gloves. Due to the nature of infectious waste, it is very important that the waste is handled in a proper manner from the very beginning until it is completely disposed. Managemed not only understands the requirements of handling and disposing of infectious waste, but we also encourage our clients and their employees to become OSHA certified. 

2. SHARPS
Sharps are any device used to puncture the skin. Devices such as syringes, scalpels, blades, and needles become a form of biomedical waste after their initial use.  Sharps waste must be handled with extreme caution due to the nature of sharp objects and the possibility of transmitting infectious waste if a contaminated sharp punctures the skin after being used. Managemed offers biohazard boxes for the safe and efficient disposal of sharps. 

3. PATHOLOGICAL
Pathological waste can be categorized as animal or human body parts, organs, tissue, fluids, and items from surgery such as blood and biopsy specimen. This type of waste should be disposed of in the biohazard container with the RED bag.  During the disposal process, most pathological waste is incinerated. 

4. CHEMICAL
Chemical waste is easy to understand. It is any waste created by chemicals. Even though the concept is easy, handling and disposal can be harmful and very dangerous if done incorrectly. There are specific guidelines to follow when disposing of different chemicals. Managemed offers OSHA certification training in order for your business and your employees to learn the proper steps of handling and disposing of chemicals. 

5. PHARMACEUTICAL
Pharmaceutical waste mostly consists of expired and contaminated medications. It is important to dispose of expired and/or contaminated medications properly so that they do not get into the hands of someone who does not need them or contaminate the water supply. 

CALL MANAGEMED TODAY! 
If your profession or business use any of the above items, it is important to choose a medical waste disposal company who is knowledgeable of the removal, transport, and disposal of medical waste. 

Managemed is a nationwide company with over 20 years of experience in the industry. We strive to put our customers first while offering schedule flexibility and affordability. Give us a call today at 844-383-8933 to speak with someone about our services and how we can be part of your medical waste solution.