Honoring World Hepatitis Day
The number of Hepatitis cases in the world continues to grow each year. There are five different strands of Hepatitis. In the United States, facilities have reported over 20,000 new cases of Hepatitis A to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the latest series of outbreaks, which in Florida started in January 2018. According to the National Institutes of Health, another 320 million people are affected with Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C worldwide. More people are affected by Hepatitis than are affected by tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV combined. If you are a health care provider, you are likely seeing patients who have Hepatitis.
Why Medical Waste From Patients With Hepatitis is Dangerous
According to the National Institutes of Health, Hepatitis B is more infectious than other blood-borne viral pathogens, and it is 100 times more infectious than HIV. Hepatitis is a problem because of its viral load. It can also be transmitted when no visible blood is present and remains viable for more than seven days. When not properly collected, stored, and disposed of properly, then the medical waste can add to the Hepatitis epidemic seen worldwide.
Disposal of Medical Waste from Patients With Hepatitis
The Center for Disease Control has outlined procedures that workers need to follow when dealing with medical waste from patients with Hepatitis. Health care facilities may also have special rules in place depending on what state they are in if they are operated for veterans or are part of the Indian Health Service. Each facility must have a written plan for the collection, predisposal treatment, and final disposal of medical waste, and the plan must name the person responsible for seeing that everyone follows the program.
Handling and Storing Medical Waste
If a worker must handle medical waste from a patient with Hepatitis, then they should wear protective clothing. Workers should handle the medical waste so that they cause as little agitation as possible when disposing of it. Facilities must store the medical waste in a well-ventilated area that is inaccessible to vertebrate pests. Furthermore, they must store Sharp needles, scalpel blades, and other sharp items in puncture-proof containers. Workers must transport the medical waste in closed impervious containers to its disposal location. Approved inactivation methods must be used to decontaminate bulk blood and body fluids.
Why Steri-green is the Answer to Medical Waste From Patients With Hepatitis
Steri-green’s revolutionary medical waste management in Orlando system allows facilities to safely dispose of medical waste from patients with Hepatitis without the waste having to leave the facility. A worker puts the medical waste in a machine that is about the size of a copier. In about 15 minutes, the medical waste is cleaned and made into little pellets. Then, the medical waste is no longer infectious. Therefore, workers can dispose of it like any other waste. Contact them today about medical waste management in Orlando.