The number of senior assisted living and nursing homes has been steadily rising over the last few years. Although nursing homes are not quite hospitals, they do offer several types of healthcare treatments to help their residents maintain a happy and healthy standard of living. For this reason, there are many rules and regulations to follow when it comes to the medical waste produced. Tossing it in the trash just won’t cut it.
If you operate a nursing home, check out our guide to help improve your regulated medical waste management and learn how ManageMed can help.
STEP 1: CREATE A MEDICAL WASTE PROGRAM
When hazardous biomedical waste is not properly disposed of, it puts several people at risk. Therefore, it is important to create a medical waste program that complies with federal and state regulations.
In addition to keeping your senior residents and staff safe, a great medical waste program can also save money. All staff members need to know what can be tossed in regular trash cans, what can be recycled, and what medical waste goes into what containers. By taking steps to properly separate and manage your overall medical waste, you can save your assisted living or nursing home facility money.
STEP 2: TRAIN ALL STAFF ON SAFE MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL
You can have the perfect medical waste program, but it means nothing if you cannot get your staff on board. One of the main reasons why many nursing homes and other medical facilities fail at proper medical waste disposal is due to lack of training.
At ManageMed, we understand the importance of proper training when it comes to handling biomedical waste. We offer several OSHA training certifications that can be completed online. Not only will OSHA trainings help your staff understand the health and safety side of handling medical waste, but it will also help them understand the legal aspects that will help them and your facility from being bogged down with lawsuits and penalties.
STEP 3: PROPERLY STORE YOUR MEDICAL WASTE
Part of a facility’s medical waste plan is to know what type of medical waste goes into what type of disposal container. A nursing home uses items each day that is considered medical waste such as needles, syringes, bandages, gloves, and other items that may contain bodily fluid which may be infectious.
When you team up with ManageMed, we will provide you with the proper red medical waste disposal bags and red plastic containers for you to dispose of medical waste. And with OSHA training, your staff will learn more about what goes into the containers such as sharps. By knowing how to properly store your medical waste, you not only make it easier for pick-up and transport, but you can also save your facility money in the long run.
STEP 4: PROPERLY STORE YOUR PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE
Nursing homes and senior living facilities create a large amount of pharmaceutical waste. Prescriptions and medications are constantly being changed or patients are completely taken off of a prescribed drug. What happens to the leftover meds when this happens?
At ManageMed, our goal is to safely and properly remove and dispose of expired and unused medications in order to keep your clinic or business compliant. When medications are poured down the sink, they get into the ground water. When medications are tossed in the trash, pills could end up in the wrong hands and/or cause major damage if consumed. For this reason, we work with those who have unwanted, expired, and unused pharmaceuticals to properly transport and dispose of the medications.
LET MANAGEMED HELP YOU MANAGE MEDICAL WASTE IN YOUR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY
Putting together a medical waste program isn’t difficult, and by working with ManageMed, we can make the process even easier. Let us help you and your staff learn the proper techniques to disposing of the many types of waste produced in your senior living facility on a daily basis. This will help keep your business compliant with rules and regulations surrounding regulated medical waste and in some cases can save your facility money in the long run.
Give ManageMed a call today at 844-383-8933 or fill out the form on our CONTACT page. Remember, ManageMed services span coast to coast to encompass the entire lower 48 states from North Carolina to California and everywhere in between.