Needle stick injuries remain a top concern for all healthcare professionals based on the potential of blood borne pathogen transmission and adds $1 billion in unnecessary annual costs to U S. hospitals alone.
“Although we do not know exactly how many work-related needle sticks occur each year across the country, estimates indicate that
600,000 to 800,000 such injuries occur annually, about half of which go unreported. A recent CDC study estimates that an average of 385,000 needle stick injuries occur annually in U.S. hospital settings” http://www.hhs.gov/asl/testify/t000622a.html
Others affected are clinics, private medical and dental offices, nursing homes, correctional facilities, and the community, such as emergency medical response workers.
A Better Way to Dispose of Needles or Syringes
The Needle Shark operation starts by dropping the needle/syringe into the shredding chamber. Simply walk away! The hands-free appliance automatically shreds needle/syringe into unrecognizable micro-sized particles which are then disposed of and secured into the sharps container. The total time of the disposal cycle is approximately 1.5 seconds.
As the needle/syringe is shredded; our patented HEPA filter removes potential airborne aerosols, contaminants, stale and impure air during this process, keeping the container fresh and odorless.
The hazardous material is locked safely and securely inside the machine. When the shredded needles/syringes fill the container an indicator light signals a full container. Simply remove the container from the Needle Shark and. dispose of or recycle according to your state laws.
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Important Information on Waste Segregation
Segregating regulated medical waste from general waste at its point of origin makes good economic sense for any healthcare facility because of the high costs associated with management and disposal of regulated medical waste vs. common office and municipal trash. In some states, segregation at the point of origin is required by law (e.g., MI, MT, and SC), in some other states, it is highly recommended (e.g., VT). All states allow healthcare facilities to treat regulated medical waste on-site when an approved method of treatment is used. Some states require permits or operating plans (e.g., NY) for the treatment units, while others only require air pollution permits for incineration units. Approved methods usually include incineration, steam sterilization (autoclaving), microwave sterilization, and chemical disinfection. Most states also have a process for granting permission to use new or alternative methods of treatment. This typically involves a petition process. Some states do not approve or recommend any specific treatment methods, but leaves it up to the generator to determine what is an appropriate and effective treatment method for their wastes (e.g., CO).