At home medical waste (produced from diabetic care) is habitually placed into curbside trash. It places sanitation workers and custodial personnel at personal risk. Here’s what you need to know about safe diabetic sharps disposal.
There are a numerous number of people who have to treat themselves on regular bases with needles and lancets. They use them to treat or test for medical conditions such as diabetes, hepatitis and multiple sclerosis.
Care and treatment goes wherever the patient goes for diabetics. They do this at home, school and work. These places don’t normally have a biohazard container on the wall. Moreover, there trucks don’t pick up the used, contaminated syringes and other medical waste as is done in hospitals and doctors’ offices.
While many states recommend that patients dispose of used syringes in sealed plastic containers. There is no directive for them to do so at home, and the needles, sealed or not, will end up in the regular trash.
The DEP recommends that people put the sharps in a puncture-resistant, hard plastic container for at-home or on-the-go diabetic care. This can come from many common household items, such as an empty laundry detergent bottle with a screw-on cap. The container should be closed tightly and secured with heavy tape, placed in a paper bag and discarded with household trash when it is filled.
In 2011 that the federal Environmental Protection Agency posted advice for how to dispose of medical waste at home or while traveling.
The EPA stated “With more diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cancer, allergies, arthritis and HIV being managed outside of hospitals and doctors’ offices, the number of sharps used in families and work offices is increasing. In addition, pets are being treated in homes and livestock are being treated on farms, which are also contributing to the increased number of sharps outside of veterinary hospitals.”
Medical care at-home means making life as easy and convenient as possible for you and your home health aides. We have safe and effective methods of medical waste and diabetic sharps disposal instead of treating medical waste yourself, or if you’re unsure about collection sites. You can worry about staying well and leave the rest to us.
We offer the right sharps container for at-home use. No job is too big or too small for us. Contact us today to discuss our at-home services.