How to Treat Medical Waste?
Infectious medical waste increased 600 percent, from 40 tons to 240 tons per day during the COVID-19 outbreak in China's Hubei Province. This increase and the lack of a proper waste management system quickly overwhelmed existing hospital-round medical transportation and disposal infrastructure.
Pandemics challenge many facets of society, including the management of resources and waste. The COVID-19 pandemic has already put a lot of industries under stress and disrupted. With the increased demand and use for healthcare workers of personal protective equipment (PPE), healthcare waste is also on the surge. There are some concerns that insufficient treatment of health-care waste could spread the virus even further. In order to properly plan for future pandemics, new systems and technology will be in place for careful handling, control, and management of the peaks in healthcare waste.
Medical waste rarely crosses our consciousness because, aside from those who work in the healthcare industry, medical waste does not intertwine directly with our everyday lives. The most common problems related to health-care waste are lack of awareness of medical wastes, inadequate training in proper waste management technology, lack of proper disposal systems, insufficient financial and human resources, and low priority given to the topic. Many municipalities and private companies do not have adequate waste management systems to handle this increased waste. Clearly, a resilient waste management system is needed to surmount the crisis with less damage and to be prepared fort he future risks.
So, how to manage medical waste?
Managing health-care waste requires greater vigilance and diligence to prevent inadequate practice-related adverse health effects, including exposure to infectious agents and hazardous substances. Types of treatment for medical wastes are generally divided into two categories: on-site and off-site treatment. Medical waste disposal on-site is typically limited to large, well-monitored hospitals and facilities. That's because it is expensive to purchase the necessary machinery, expensive to operate and handle. The second one, and the most common in the world, is off-site treatment, which is far more cost-effective for most medical practices and facilities that are small & medium in size. In that kind of scenario, waste management providers are needed to handle medical waste.
Vital elements in managing health-care waste for private waste management companies are:
- having full control of well-designed waste disposal sites or prefer hygienic storage areas,
- track each transportation step of the medical waste,
- monitor the real-time locations and numbers of the high number of medical waste bins and keep track of their operations,
- manage on-demand work orders with the help of dynamic routing,
- monitor client information and their SLAs and plan the shifts and routes accordingly,
- ensure the health and safety of the front line workers and minimize the risks.
How can Evreka help you with these steps?
Evreka serves a fully integrated solution with the process management system that is provided on Evreka Platform, you can track each and every step in operation in real-time, communicate smoothly with your clients for on-demand work orders, make sure that the employees take the necessary precautions during the operations, access detailed analysis with the reporting system that is provided at the end of the operation, and get the business improvement suggestions.
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Bonus: How to Dispose of Medical Waste?
- Separate based on categories: If there is more than one form of medical waste, then the waste must be divided according to the type that the medical waste management company has decided or defined.
- Provide specific containers: Medical waste that is sharp, such as syringe and scalpel, must be stored in a special container to prevent the waste operators from carrying our waste from being injured by it.
- Give Label: Do not forget to mark the medical waste according to its name or category, after the medical waste has been put in a sealed container. It would be useful for waste operators the kind of waste they treat, as well as protecting the operators/officers from opening the container and handling the medical waste.