The care people in the medical waste management field take to handle any and all potentially dangerous materials is admirable and necessary. Of course, the trick is that any and all materials be viewed as equally dangerous. While some might easily never consider cavalierly picking up a filthy gauze pad or a syringe encrusted with visible dried blood, they may be more ready to simply grab a used but visibly unsullied safety mask from the ground. This would be a humongous mistake.
Any and all medical waste removal should be handled under the specific guidelines defined by regulation as well as any additional guidelines developed by particular institutions and a medical waste management company like MedAssure. This is because even if there is no visual representation that an item has been contaminated it may still be dangerous. Most bacteria is smaller than you could ever possibly notice with the naked eye. In fact some of those items that show no sign of usage could be even more dangerous than bloodied and pus filled items that you would be so cautious about handling.
Leave medical waste removal to the professionals and do not even consider handling any material that may or may not have had some part in a medical procedure.
When we discuss the value of the men and women working in medical waste services we do not always acknowledge the actual risks being taken by these folks. To underline the bravery and excellent work being done by these people a recent study has shown how prevalent hepatitis B and C were among these medical waste handlers. As it turns out the risk of being exposed to these viruses is incredibly high for these workers.
Unlike many diseases which are not easily transmitted through some simple splashes of bodily fluids, hepatitis is very easily transmitted in this way. Knowing that the workers, who are trying incredibly hard to stay safe from the hazardous material they are handling, are susceptible to these diseases makes you think even more highly of the work that they are doing. If well-trained folks versed in the safe disposal of medical waste are at risk imagine how rampant these things would spread without them.
Of course knowing that there is an increasing risk of exposure to these things means that medical waste service providers like Med Assure will now be looking closely at ways to reduce the risk while still offering the same vital services we expect from them. When research like this is done, everyone wins.
Safely managing medical waste disposal should not be the contentious point it often is when communities are called on to allow facilities to open in their midst. With the tight regulation that is standard in the United States these facilities are very unlikely to pose much of any sort of ecological threat to surrounding areas. In many cases, due to reducing the trip length for said area’s regulated medical waste they can often make the area safer.
What is more than that, and it may seem garish to discuss bottom line economics in the face of this sort of event, these facilities can create meaningful well paying jobs that can help bolster the middle class and immediately improve a local economy. No one is hoping to put a faulty medical waste management plant anywhere, so fighting tooth and nail to keep them out of our communities seems misguided at best.
In these difficult time handling medical waste is a reality as is helping get the economy back on track. With that in mind it is nearly mind boggling to consider that people would try and fight such clear progress making its way into our communities. Next time your area is chosen land on the right side.
Looking back at 2011 there was a wealth of reasons to be anxious. From failing economies and revolutions in a wide array of different countries there was a lot of tumult. Employment numbers remained low and general anxiety seems
to keep getting higher and higher as the years go on. Still there were not a lot of major ecological crises. We did not have dangerous pandemics breaking out in American cities. We mostly kept ourselves and our children safe from the rabid spread of preventable disease. Small comfort you say? Hardly. The dread and terror of a major medical crisis in an urban environment is very real each and every year. When we dodge bullets like these we have reasons to celebrate.
How did we do it? Medical waste management is certainly at least one of the major reasons. We closely control all of the medical waste being created in our country and the result has been an effective management of disease in most places.
Regulated medical waste is one of the necessary evils of our modern society and we have collectively figured our ways to regulate and manage it safely. This should make us feel a bit more confident in our ability to tackle the other anxieties currently plaguing society.
Over flowing sewers are gross, no one would question that. Finding trash washing out of sewer vents and into our streets can make the entire neighborhood into an unsightly eyesore. Plastic bottles, eating utensils, paper goods, and food wrappers can wash up somewhat regularly in a heavy snow or rain season but the real fear is that some of what is washing up is unsafe. Not unsafe in a “gross don’t touch that half eaten sandwich way”, unsafe in an “I just stepped on a syringe origin unknown and now i need to go get a tetanus shot” way.
Of course this is why we attempt to regulate medical waste management. The garbage being generated by research labs and medical facilities has no business being mixed up with our wrappers from Burger King. This is serious stuff and is potentially quite troubling for anyone and everyone who comes into contact with it. Without proper medical waste disposal we are a lot less likely to feel comfy with our kids or any of our loved ones for that matter walking the streets unprotected.
If you are noticing this sort of waste washing out of sewers contact an authority as soon as possible before the problem gets way worse.
It starts with a slight slip of the protocol. Like that first thread on a beautiful sweater. You pull and it starts to unravel. Over on the shoulder there is another thread, you cut the corner, you pull that thread. These opportunities to do things the wrong but often cheaper or easier way appear all over the place. And do not forget you are not just one person in this situation. You are part of a vast system built to get one thing done. As you and your cohorts succumb to the desire to do it faster and cheaper others are doing it in some other area. Before you know it the sweater is unraveling and it is getting quite cold in here.
Doing things right is especially important when it comes to public safety. Medical waste disposal is easy to cut corners on once or twice, each time causing a little more damage to the environment, to the people in your area, but more so to the structure that keeps your facility functioning.
If you cut corners on medical waste management it will become a rampant problem. It will unravel you will be caught but not before endangering a large amount of people.
I was reading a recent news item about a hospital which burned down in India. It was a startling story not just because it was scary to think of a medical facility, which can be so necessary for the local people in an area, burning down. It was extra troubling to consider all of the regulated medical waste which should have been managed in a very specific way now sitting molten under piles of rubble that would be cleaned by a wide array of trained and untrained workers.
I thought about how dangerous all of that medical waste had suddenly become. No longer labeled appropriately many of those contaminated pieces of material would spread to the other debris leaving a smoking pile of danger in it’s wake. It is a scary thing to consider what might occur should medical waste disposal become inextricably linked to a disaster of this magnitude.
It makes you wonder if there are plans in place for handling this sort of event should it fall upon our own medical facilities. One begins to assume that medical waste management companies have already gone through these disaster scenarios in their planning. In my case I sit around and hope to heck that is the case.
The fines levied against companies responsible for improperly disposing of regulated medical waste can be quite large. It seems when you look at fines of up to $42,000 levied against one company that the problem would solve itself. Who could stay in business with that sort of overhead?
Companies that cut corners when dealing with hazardous materials generally do so over long periods of time. These cavalier actions likely save themselves hundreds of thousands of dollars. Still, doing business the right way using an accredited medical waste management firm like Med Assure will not only help the environment and keep people in your area safe, it will help any decent person trying to turn a profit without turning a knife in the back of the American people sleep at night. It is the sort of peace of mind that should be considered priceless.
Keeping the community safe is of course a cornerstone of all regulation and to some extent companies caught promoting these dangerous practices are held accountable. Still it is important we all remain diligent in our concern for our water ways and public spaces. Should any of them become someone’s hazardous waste dumping ground we want to find out as quickly and safely as possible.
One of the greatest fears and the main reasons we take medical waste management so seriously is fear that some stray medical waste might find it’s way into our drinking water. This might seem like the sort of fodder for scary disaster movies like Contagion but it is a truly real possibility. Many of our cities and towns get their water from local reservoirs and water supplies that are not heavily guarded. As a result the frequency that businesses looking to cut corners dump their waste in these areas is great.
This is already a filthy concern when it comes to general waste. As far as regulated medical waste the fear becomes much more pronounced as specific bacteria and germs that can be found on disposed gauze, blood bags and syringes can infiltrate our bodies without us even knowing it. This should not make you spit out that freshly poured glass of water but it should make you aware of your local areas water source and what the standards are for medical waste management.
Being aware of the rules and regulations for your particular home can help keep companies honest and help keep everyone safe. We sometimes have to remind the powers that be that we’re paying attention.
Utilizing the services of a medical waste management company like MedAssure is a good way to keep yourself and your staff safe from whatever hazardous medical materials you might be handling. Running or working at a medical clinic or a doctor’s office is incurring an implicate risk in and of it’s self. With the help of trained waste disposal people you significantly reduce that risk for yourself and your staff, not to mention your patients and surrounding areas.
Anyone currently working in the medical field likely counts their lucky stars that medical waste disposal for the most part falls to one of these well trained entities. With their assistance the work of getting rid of used blood bags, soiled gauze and infected syringes falls to someone well trained and equipped to handle these materials without or with very little risk of error.
As time marches on these experts on the disposal of regulated medical waste become better and better at what they do. Just as out medical science advances and our ability to deal with particular ailments gets better so too does their ability to safely dispose of these materials. The arch of time appears to be on the side of our collective health.