No doubt if you work in a hospital or any other medical facility then you know that time is of the essence. Every step you take in providing patient care must be as efficient as possible. Efficiency doesn’t just apply to the time spent on a task, however. It also applies to how it is spent while providing quality service to those who need it. When it comes to hospital waste management, this principle still applies. You want to make sure that your medical waste disposal methods provide your facility with the best efficiency in both time and cost. This can be achieved by creating a system that works for your facility and is convenient for everyone.
Before you can fully commit to efficiency in your hospital waste management program, you need to identify where your waste is coming from. In large facilities, this can be a challenge, since patients are being cared-for, and thus there is waste being produced, in many areas. There could be biological waste in many areas, suchas exam rooms, surgery rooms, recovery areas, and even intake areas. Each will present you with different needs and challenges.
When a patient comes to an intake station, especially in an emergency room, they could be in any type of condition. They might be bleeding, vomiting, or have other issues. Intake areas should always have receptacles on hand for quick disposal of any biological waste that they may come across. Having an easy way to dispose of waste will allow intake nurses to better focus on providing care and solutions for the patient.
Emergency room exam areas can be cramped and crowded, and have many people coming and going while navigating around beds and chairs. Disposal containers in these areas should be widely available, yet also kept in areas that are safe (out of the way spots) so people aren’t tripping over them or needing to move them out of the way. Often times these areas were where blood is being drawn and medication is administered, so sharps containers should be easily accessed as well. You do not want medical staff to have to carry needles too far to dispose of them.
Every unit in a hospital will have its own specific needs for medical waste disposal methods. Good hospital waste management means assessing the needs of each and tailoring strategies to meet those needs. For instance, chemotherapy should be disposed of in a specific manner, so those units that deal with chemo should be set up accordingly.
Of all of the areas in a hospital, surgery rooms and their related areas probably generate the most biological waste. The containers in these areas should be easily moveable, and difficult to overturn. They should also be leak proof in case they are overturned by accident. Develop procedures so that waste is quickly moved out of the surgery rooms to ensure that the risk of contamination is minimized. Hospital waste management should be focused on reducing that risk at all times, and efficiency is a huge part of that.
For a large hospital or medical facility, using a professional medical waste company is probably the best option. They will be able to provide customized service to meet the needs of your facility, and advise you on the best medical waste disposal methods for all of your needs. They can save you time and money in the long run by improving your efficiency and making your hospital safer for everyone.