Nursing homes are a scaled down version of hospitals. In the UK, you’ll find nursing homes in almost every town. As well-equipped nursing homes offer a variety of healthcare services, they generate quite a lot of medical waste. And, treating nursing home medical waste disposal often poses challenges that’s beyond the capability of in-house staff.

Healthcare waste is not like household waste. Storing, segregating and disposing of medical waste is bound by many laws and regulations. Secure incineration of medical waste while complying with all the regulations requires expert’s help. That’s why the UK nursing homes often deploy professional clinical waste management teams to their aid.

But before you connect with a bio medical waste management service, you should have a good conviction about the wastes produced in your facility. Continue reading to know more about different types of medical wastes and nursing home waste disposal methods.

Classification and Disposal of Nursing Home Medical Waste

Generally, there are 5 types of waste that are produced in nursing homes in a very large amount. Following are brief details of commonly found nursing home medical wastes.

Sharps

Sharp word is usually used to refer to the waste that includes needles, syringes, razors and lancets. Anything that has sharp edges and can cut the skin comes under sharp. They possess bacteria and germs of the patient they have been used on during a treatment.

Sharps, being one of the most threatening medical wastes, require proper segregation and storage. Specially designed sharps bins are needed to store used sharps before sending them for incineration.

Radioactive Waste

Though not too many nursing homes indulge in radioactive therapies, the ones who do must keep proper treatment of radioactive wastes. To dispose of these waste, nursing homes must follow the SOP set by the UK’s Health and Safety Law.

These types of treatments generally produce a huge amount of medical and bodily waste. Being dangerous in nature, radioactive wastes can’t be left unguarded. Only trained professionals should handle the carriage and incineration procedures of these wastes.

Anatomical Waste

If your nursing home has a running operation theatre, you must be having a decent amount of anatomical waste for disposal. Anything that’s produced from human anatomy can be termed as anatomical waste. Anatomical waste needs proper segregation and storage for the final destruction process.

Hiring a waste management team for disposal of anatomical waste is the standard practice across all the UK. Anatomical waste can be stored up to 72 hours in a non-refrigerated container and up to 14 days in refrigerated condition. Anything more than that is against the rules set up by the UK’s Environment Agency.

Hazardous Waste

As per the Government of UK directives, any type of waste that is corrosive, chemical, flammable or toxic is considered hazardous waste. It needs to be treated and disposed of responsibly. However, if your medical care centre doesn’t have such facilities, you must keep it safe. Until any medical waste management teams pick it up.

Biohazardous Waste

Any type of biological or infectious waste such as bodily fluids needs to be stored away. They are very much capable of transmitting infectious diseases and can put your health at risk.

So biohazards must be kept in sealed bins or bags so that there’s zero chances of leakage that could lead to cross-contamination. Also, take expert’s help in emptying the biohazard bins. Because someone handling biohazards without the right set of skills can risk the whole facility against the microbial threats.

Conclusion

Nursing homes are bound to have healthcare waste. And taking proper care of the nursing home medical waste is the first step in ensuring healthcare hygiene and patients trust. So, if you’re looking for professional help in managing all the waste produced in your facility, Trikon Clinical Waste Solutions can be your perfect partner in making the environment a bit less contaminated.

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