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WHAT’S IN YOUR RED BAG?

Many people have seen the red bag for medical waste or the red bag containers in their doctor’s office as they sit and wait for the doctor to come into the room. Some patients may even be guilty of spitting their gum into the red container labeled “biohazard”. While tossing in a piece of gum or a used tissue may not seem like a big deal, it can make a difference in the bottom line of the facility if every patient tossed in something similar each day.

Here are a few tips for helping employees and patients learn more about what goes into the red bags and red bag containers and how it could save your facility money.

WHAT IS RED BAG MEDICAL WASTE?
As mentioned above, red bags and red biomedical waste disposal containers can be found in almost every doctor’s office, hospital room, dental office, vet clinic, and more. This is due to the fact that not everything can be tossed into a regular trash bag headed for the local landfill. When it comes to regulated medical waste, there are several steps that have to be taken before the waste is suitable for the landfill.

It all begins by placing red bag waste into the proper red bag containers. Red bag waste is any type of waste that is considered to be potentially infectious. Examples of biohazardous waste include:

- contaminated sharps (needles, syringes, scalpels)
- gloves covered in blood
- gowns covered in blood
- blood-soaked bandages

HOW TO REDUCE WHAT GOES INTO RED BAGS AND OTHER BIO WASTE CONTAINERS
There is no doubt that medical facilities create a lot of red bag waste. However, with so many rules and regulations surrounding medical waste and what can and cannot be thrown into a regular trash container, things can be confusing and stressful. There are a few things that can be done to reduce the confusion and reduce your red bag medical waste.

TRAINING
Employees come from different backgrounds. Some have worked in fields where there is regulated medical waste while others have never had to separate what is tossed in the trash can. And even if employees do have a history of working in the medical field, it doesn’t guarantee that the employees were trained properly. They may have been told to toss everything in the red bags and red containers.

This is why it is so important to train ALL of your staff on what is expected in your facility. You can call once a month training or hold informal trainings in small groups. A quick 10-15 minute session can make a huge difference in your medical waste management. At ManageMed, we offer online OSHA compliance training to help your employees learn about workplace safety which also helps with your overall medical waste management.

SIGNS
Those who don’t work in the medical field or in an office where there is red bag waste may not understand why their doctor’s office has three different trash containers in the examination room. Even when containers are a different color or labeled, patients still seem to put regular trash items where they don’t belong.

One thing that could help employees and patients is placing a sign above red waste containers. Signs should use both words and other visuals to help get the message across. You can find signs and posters online, talk to your medical waste disposal company, or create one yourself. This will greatly reduce the amount of waste that doesn’t belong in the red bags.

AUDIT RED BIOHAZARD BAGS AND OTHER WASTE DISPOSAL CONTAINERS
If you don’t see a change in the amount of medical waste your facility is disposing of, then the next step would be to perform an audit of the red biohazard bags and containers. Look to see if there are items that shouldn’t be in there like an employee’s soda can or leftover lunch. Then talk with your employees to see why these items are ending up in the red bag waste containers. You may discover that the employee was never trained or that there were no other trash bins available.

LET MANAGEMED SAVE YOU MONEY
Not only can an experienced medical waste disposal company like ManageMed help relieve some of the stress involved with handling regulated medical waste, but we can save you money. When you combine our already affordable services with our OSHA compliant training, your employees will have the skills they need to create a safer work environment. This helps to reduce your overall biomedical waste and keep your facility compliant.

We offer flexible service throughout the United States. Whether you need biomedical waste disposal in North Carolina or biomedical waste disposal in California, ManageMed is here to help. Give us a call today at 844-383-8933 to get started. 


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.



3 REASONS TO MANAGE BIOMEDICAL WASTE IN THE WORKPLACE AND HOME

Home health is on the rise in the United States. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 3 billion sharps are used each year by patients who are managing their medical needs at home. That’s a lot of medical waste to manage for those who are not necessarily in the medical field or surrounded by proper medical disposal bins.

You also have to consider the fact that just because someone is managing their medical conditions, it doesn’t mean that they are bedridden. In fact, many hold down steady jobs and go to public places to eat, shop, and have fun with their family and friends. Does your company provide safe biomedical waste containers or sharps containers for your employees or customers?

Check out these three very important reasons to take control and manage your biomedical waste disposal in the workplace and home.

BIOMEDICAL WASTE CAN BE DANGEROUS
Being able to monitor one’s health and self-inject has given many people the freedom to live their day to day lives with more confidence. However, that freedom may come at a price if not careful. Needles, syringes, and infusion sets should all be placed in a sharps disposal container after use. Not doing so can pose a danger to your family and friends when at your home and to employees and workers in the public.

One small prick from a needle that was tossed in the trash of a public bathroom can cause infections of HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and other dangerous infections. While most accidental needle sticks don’t result in long-term or negative health issues, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

IMPROPER WASTE DISPOSAL CAN BE EXPENSIVE
Not only is exposing innocent people to potentially debilitating and deadly infections dangerous and irresponsible, it can also be expensive. For individuals, you could be looking at lawsuits and fines for infecting a friend or family member at your home or for getting caught tossing needles in the trash in the public.

For businesses who don’t accommodate their employees with proper sharps disposal or medical waste disposal options, you could be looking at a steep price tag if another employee is stuck by a needle. In addition to legal fees, your business could be forced to pay for lifetime medical treatments for the infected employee and you could end up damaging your company’s brand and overall status.

BIOMEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL IS NOT JUST FOR EMPLOYEES
There are many businesses that provide their services to the public like restaurants and retail stores. In addition to making sure your employees have access to proper disposal, it is also necessary to provide these same services to your customers. Too often, people with medical needs find themselves asking, “Where do I dispose of needles and syringes?”. You wouldn’t want a used needle or syringe to fall into the wrong hands or accidentally stick one of your employees as they are taking out the trash. This is why it is important to also provide the proper sharps disposal containers in places visited by the public.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF MEDICAL WASTE

Use Proper Medical Waste Disposal Boxes

Many people believe that the red biohazard bags, sharps containers, and other biohazard containers are only provided to large hospitals and clinics. This is completely false. You can get these boxes from a medical waste disposal company like ManageMed or contact your local pharmacy.

By having these special containers in your home, office, or in a public location, you and others are more likely to take advantage of the easy access of the containers and properly dispose of items such as diabetic needles or other sharps.

Use a Qualified Medical Waste Disposal Company
In addition to those who need our services at their home, ManageMed can also assist businesses who need help managing their biohazard waste stream. We can supply you with the biohazard containers, schedule pick-up service, and dispose of your biomedical waste in the correct way. We can also work with your business to come up with a solution that will work for your employees and customers.

TRUST MANAGEMED TO KEEP YOU SAFE AND COMPLIANT
Managing medical treatments at home can be challenging. It can be even more difficult when your job or places you like to visit aren’t equipped with the proper medical waste disposal containers. At ManageMed, we can work with those who manage their medical conditions at home to create a safe environment. We also provide a variety of services and can help businesses stay OSHA compliant and employees stay safe with our online OSHA training and certifications.

From biomedical disposal in North Carolina to picking up expired medications in Texas, ManageMed is a full-service biomedical waste disposal company. Give us a call today at 844-383-8933 and let us create a medical waste management plan that’s right for you. 


REASONS SCHOOLS NEED QUALITY MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL SERVICES

Kids get sick at school. Kids get hurt at school. For this reason, many schools are equipped with a school nurse on staff who takes care of minor issues and often administers daily meds to students. From nosebleeds to shots, biomedical waste at a school can easily add up in the nurse’s office.

At ManageMed, we work with a variety of businesses and in different industries to help keep employees, customers, and visitors safe from infectious biomedical waste. Schools can also benefit from the services of a quality medical waste disposal company like ManageMed. Here are a few reasons why.

MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL SERVICES PROVIDE SAFETY FOR STUDENTS
One of the main reasons schools need to work with a quality medical waste disposal company is so they can provide the highest level of safety for their students, staff, and visitors to the campus. On a daily basis, nurses administer both prescription and over-the-counter medications, give shots, and clean up minor scratches and cuts. Where does the medical waste go? For the most part, most nurses are already trained in proper medical waste disposal techniques and understand the importance of placing items such as sharps into the proper red bio-hazard containers. However, many schools also rely on parent volunteers and aides to help where there is a need.

At ManageMed, we provide the red bio-hazard containers and bio-hazard bags to help your employees dispose of waste properly. With a small amount of training, nurses, volunteers, and aides will understand exactly what to put into what containers.

MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL SERVICES PROVIDE EXTRA SUPPORT FOR SPORTS AND OTHER PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
In addition to having a clinic or nurse’s office on a school campus, chances are high that there is also an athletic facility. And as many already know, sports can take a toll on the body with bumps, bruises, cuts, and a fair share of bloody noses. It happens. While most players and students only require a band-aid, ice, or Ace bandage, there are instances that can cause a student to have an open wound or long-lasting bloody nose. The big question is how does the school manage the biomedical, and possibly infectious, waste?

Providing the proper bio-hazard containers to discard biomedical waste is only one part of ManageMed’s medical waste removal and disposal service. At ManageMed, we can also set up your school and athletic facility personnel with the proper OSHA training to learn more about what waste goes where. There are multiple OSHA Compliance Training certifications available online to help streamline the process and keep teachers and coaches where they are needed most...in school.

MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL SERVICES HELP SCHOOLS CLEAR THE CLUTTER
In addition to helping students feel better from a headache or scraped knee, school nurses also administer different types of meds to students on a daily basis. Many of the meds come in the form of prescription medications. As the child’s age, health, or other factors change, so do their meds. This poses a problem for many schools as they are left with outdated and unclaimed prescription medications at the end of the year.

At ManageMed, we also offer medication destruction services for all of your unwanted, unused, and expired pharmaceuticals. With just a phone call, ManageMed can pick up your pharmaceuticals, transport them to our facility, and properly dispose of each medication in a safe manner.

MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL SERVICES HELP KEEP YOUR SCHOOL COMPLIANT

It’s been said once, but we’ll say it again. When it comes to medical waste, you simply cannot throw everything in the trash can. In fact, many states and the federal government have guidelines to regulate what items can be thrown into the trash headed for the local landfill and what items must be disposed of properly by other means. Many states also require that schools have an onsite Biomedical Waste Plan filled out with detailed training and procedures. 

ManageMed can help your school stay compliant with our online OSHA Compliance Training certifications. We can also help you create a DOH approved Biomedical Waste Plan that is customized to fit your school and your school’s needs.

LET MANAGEMED OVERSEE YOUR SCHOOL’S BIOMEDICAL WASTE
The school’s clinic or nurse’s office is a place for students to get help. Therefore, it should be a safe place. Join other businesses, medical clinics, and even other schools by hiring ManageMed to be your one-stop shop for managing your medical waste. Let us worry about the rules and regulations of biomedical waste so that you have more time to focus on your students and your school.

We provide our medical waste services throughout the lower 48. From California to Texas to North Carolina, ManageMed offers affordable and flexible medical waste services to fit your school’s specific needs. Give us a call at 844-383-9833 to learn more about ManageMed and how we can help.  

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PATHOLOGICAL WASTE

Pathological waste is a type of biohazardous waste that includes recognizable human or animal body parts such as organs and tissue. Due to the nature of this type of medical waste, it requires the disposal services of biomedical waste management companies such as ManageMed in order to stay compliant with OSHA and other federal and state regulations.

Just in case you are unsure about pathological waste, how it should be handled, or how it should be properly disposed of, here are the basics to help you get started with your medical waste journey.

WHAT IS PATHOLOGICAL WASTE?
As mentioned above, pathological waste contains any recognizable human or animal body parts, organs, or tissue. Some examples of pathological waste includes an amputated limb, donated blood, removed tissue for testing, etc. It is basically any waste that contains or is suspected of containing pathogens.

Many people assume that only hospitals and clinics are responsible for such medical waste. However, there are many different businesses and organizations that need to be prepared in the event that they need to properly dispose of pathological waste.

HOW DO YOU PROPERLY DISPOSE OF PATHOLOGICAL WASTE?
Pathological waste falls under the bio-hazardous material category. Because of this, those who are not properly trained, tend to toss pathological waste with other red bag waste. However, pathological waste is different than other biohazard waste and must be treated a bit differently when it comes to disposing of it properly.

Since pathological waste can contain organs or limbs filled with bodily fluids, it can be heavy and pose a leak threat. Steps such as double bagging and adding an absorbent should be taken to reduce such risk. Pathological waste must also be refrigerated in order to slow down decomposition. Finally, pathological waste can be exposed to other infectious or hazardous material which in turn causes it to be potentially hazardous or infectious. When this occurs, the items being disposed of must be properly labeled in order to be transported and disposed of in the correct manner.

√ Identify the material.
√ Segrete the material.
√ Label the material.


After labeling, pathological waste must be transported by a licensed medical waste removal company such as ManageMed. Once in our facility, the pathological waste is placed in the incinerator where the contents are burned in a controlled manner and fully sterilized.

DO YOU HAVE A PATHOLOGICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN?
There are always going to be regulations and requirements when it comes to pathological waste. Do you have a pathological waste management plan? ManageMed works with businesses, organizations, and facilities within the lower 48 states. Whether you need help with your medical waste disposal in North Carolina or you need help creating a DOH biomedical plan in Washington, ManageMed is here to help. And with customers located from coast to coast, we understand the rules and regulations and can help your facility stay compliant.

From medical waste removal and transportation to medical waste disposal, ManageMed provides dependable and flexible cradle to the grave medical waste management solutions. Give us a call today and see how switching to ManageMed can help you save money and save time when it comes to your medical waste disposal.