A significant amount of infectious and hazardous waste is produced by health centres on a daily basis. Medical waste is comprised of treated and untreated elements like animal waste, microbiological waste, pathological waste, animal and human blood and fluids, medicines, medical tools, etc. These items need to be specially taken care of to keep the environment, animals, and people safe.
If medical waste is not managed correctly, it can cause hospital-acquired infections in members of staff, patients, visitors, scavengers, and people who live in the vicinity. Medical waste includes sharp objects which are used to operate on or inject persons with various illnesses. Those objects carry bacteria and viruses on them unless they are treated well and thus, if an untreated object comes into contact with other people or scavengers, they can pick up the same infections that the objects were used to treat.
Also, bacteria and viruses from the waste are transferred to people when individuals who come into contact with the waste materials touch surfaces like counter tops, furniture, reading materials, etc., and other people. This contact leaves germs on those surfaces and when others come into contact with the same surfaces they collect the bacteria and keep spreading them far and wide. These germs can cause them ailments if they do not disinfect their hands immediately before touching other things.
Another significant risk for not handling medical waste materials correctly is the repack and resale of medical objects and medicine by unscrupulous traders. Waste materials must never be recycled unless they go through high standard treatment techniques to make them safe. Some individuals can collect medical objects which have been thrown away, clean them and repackage them for sale or collect wasted medicine and resell it. This is so wrong because the inadequately treated objects can cause infections, while the wasted medicine can cause adverse effects on human and animal health or fail to heal due to its ineffectiveness.
Therefore, a health centre should aim to contain all waste materials excellently to safeguard the health of their users. Medical waste management is regulated by the government authorities, and every health centre must carefully consider the comoany which they hire for the role. One of the factors they must look into is whether the medical waste management company they prefer to hire has the relevant licenses for their services. The company must be compliant with all laws provided by the government.
The other important point of focus should be whether the company is accessible and their frequency of waste collection. Regular waste collection is ideal because it keeps a health facility free of large volumes of waste and helps them meet health standards as well. It significantly minimizes the risks it poses to the health of the centre’s users and neighbors, making the health facility more bearable and safer.