Biomedical Waste

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Bio medical waste is represented by solids, liquids, sharps and laboratory waste, which is generated as the result of healthcare activities for both human beings and animals.


It is dangerous because it has a highly harmful potential, not only for people, but for the environment as well if it is not properly managed. For this reason, medical waste sterilization is an important process to eliminate risks associated with handling and transport. This important advancement moreover provides a guarantee to hospital administrations that are responsible for such waste for as long as it presents a danger.
Biomedical waste can be classified into four big categories: clinical waste, laboratory waste, non-clinical waste and kitchen waste. Infectious or hazardous hospital waste represents only a small part of the total medical waste; yet, because of ethical questions and potential health risks, it is a focal point of public interest. Most hazardous and toxic waste is coming from clinical and hospital. Only a small amount is from domestic or industrial sources. Among all these types, the first two categories at least should represent a serious concern for everyone who is implicated in healthcare activities. For this reason, all medical units should have proper medical waste treatment equipment. If not, all kind of accidents can happen and healthy people can become ill, just because they were not careful enough and they mishandled medical wastes. In this way, infections and pollutants can spread easily and affect a large number of people.
To prevent all kind of problems like infections, spreading toxins, pollution, the clinical waste collection is really important to be made correctly and in conditions of safety. Given such facts, the medical staff and healthcare workers must be well trained about the risks they put themselves into and those who get in contact with them. Especially in a hospital where there are a large number of people - staff, patients, visitors, etc., if procedures are not strictly respected, then the effects could be disastrous. Under these circumstances, if the healthcare unit doesnt have specialized and well trained personnel to manage their medical wastes on-site, they can use the services of a medical waste disposal company.
Biomedical waste management represents a concern for the entire community, not just for the medical units, because of the effects they can have on everyones lives. For this reason, sanitary education is important for each person who may get in contact at some point with this type of materials. Puncturing yourself with a contaminated syringe needle for example can cause you serious health problems, which you will rather want to avoid. So, if you work in a healthcare unit, or if you are checking your health status in a medical unit, the wisest thing to do is to pay attention to the things that you get in contact with.
When it comes to health in hospital, or in any other sanitary unit, the clinical waste collection and medical waste sterilization is really important for all people, not just for those who get in contact with such a place. For this reason, specialists developed different medical waste treatment and collection devices, for bio-hazardous materials to be handled properly and in a highly safe manner. As we all know, prevention is always better than cure. Try to prevent any problem if you could rather than treating it after its occurrence.

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This article was published on 2010/11/07