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.