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Liquid Medical Waste
Dangers of Improper Disposal
Medical waste disposal is highly regulated and for good reason–there are numerous risks associated with doing it improperly, not the least of which is endangering humans, animals and the environment. Liquid medical waste, just like sharps and other types of hazardous waste, must be managed correctly and according to mandates set forth by local, state and federal agencies. Most types of fluid medical waste are considered regulated medical waste. Blood and other bodily fluids are often categorized as biohazardous or infectious waste, because they could be contaminated with hepatitis B, HIV or other dangerous pathogens and viruses. Some of the most common types of liquid medical waste include:
Types of Liquid Medical Waste
- Bloody saliva from dental procedures
- Waste from dialysis
- Amniotic fluids
- Secretions and fluids from the body
- Spinal cord fluid
- Microbial culture and other lab specimens
- Medications; including chemotherapy waste
Healthcare providers are tasked with ensuring that liquid medical waste generated in their facility is managed, stored and disposed of properly and within compliance guidelines. It is imperative that liquid medical waste is not flushed down toilets, poured into drains or poured outside. Doing any of these could result in accidental exposure to a staff member and possible contamination of surrounding ground water, soil and endangering wildlife. Liquid medical waste must be stored in spill and leak proof containers. All healthcare facilities should also maintain a regular schedule for pick ups by a licensed medical waste disposal provider. Another key factor to remaining compliant with liquid medical waste disposal is to make sure your staff is properly trained and follows collection, storage and disposal procedures.
All Points Medical Waste can assist you with all of your medical waste disposal needs. We are a family owned and operated company located in Stuart, Florida. We provide full service medical waste disposal to facilities throughout South Florida including all of the Treasure Coast, Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Give us a call today or fill out this form to get more information.