Medical Waste Incineration Is an Essential Component of Our Healthcare System

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Tue, May 26, 2015 @ 02:44 PM

By Selin Hoboy, Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Stericycle

We are very fortunate in the U.S. to have an excellent and readily available healthcare system. However, maintaining such a system requires many behind-the-scenes support services that many of us are unaware of or take for granted. Managing medical waste is one such service. Every day, a wide range of potentially infectious or chemical waste is created requiring special disposal; this includes needles from routine vaccinations, tumors removed from patients, trace chemicals remaining in an IV line, or bloodied supplies from treating an accident victim.

Of millions of tons of waste generated from our ho spital systems each year, just 6-8% percent (per Practice Greenhealth) is considered “regulated medical waste” requiring treatment from companies like Stericycle.  While most people think that all regulated medical waste is incinerated, only about 10% is treated via incineration.
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Topics: Medical Waste

5 Steps Hospital CEOs Can Take to Minimize Risk Through Partnerships

Posted by Digital Manager on Fri, May 22, 2015 @ 08:59 AM

By Dr. Allen Weiss, CEO and President of the NCH Healthcare System

Leading a healthcare system means balancing risks and rewards. Rewards are immense when they include life-saving treatments. The risks can be a spectrum from regulatory shifts to patient safety and harmful waste production.

Healthcare leaders play a role in reform-related changes that often align costs for smart investments and new partnerships. One risk affects our facilities, healthcare networks, communities and the environment: medical waste. Identifying the most appropriate options for managing waste should include evaluating potential partners.

In healthcare settings the presence of medical waste is inevitable. There are five steps that leaders can take to minimize related risks.

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Topics: Medical Waste, Risk Management

19 Medical Waste DON’Ts: Real-Life Risks

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 @ 10:49 AM

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Topics: Medical Waste Disposal, Medical Waste, Medical Waste Disposal Company, Medical Waste Packaging, Biohazardous Waste, Medical Waste Management, Biomedical Waste, How To Dispose Medical Waste, How To Dispose Medical Waste

How to Properly Package Medical Waste in 6 Simple Steps

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 @ 10:22 AM

The healthcare facility or business that throws away (generates) medical waste is responsible for preparing the red bag waste for pickup. This is called “packaging” medical waste. Proper packaging starts with ensuring appropriate setup, suitable types of red bags, and acceptable disposal of items in the red bag.

1. Set up your medical waste container.

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