Home healthcare in the United States is experiencing a period of rapid growth and change. While providers and payers seek to improve outcomes while controlling costs, patients are receiving more advanced levels of in-home care. For example, “hospital at home” programs provide care that has traditionally required hospitalization. Industry analysts expect home infusion therapy to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 7.9% through 2030.

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Last updated on July 12, 2022

Pharmacists are some of the most trusted professionals in the United States. Community pharmacies play a crucial role in the nationwide effort to educate the public about the importance of safe prescription drug disposal and provide access to regulatory compliant disposal solutions. A study conducted by Portland State University (PSU) found that an on-site disposal option at the pharmacy could help. “The presence of a dropbox at a pharmacy was associated with greater customer awareness of proper drug disposal and safer pharmacist recommendations to customers.”
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OSHA requires employers to “provide appropriate PPE for workers who could be exposed to blood or other infectious materials (such as internal bodily fluids).” Commonly used Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers include gloves, gowns, goggles, masks, and face shields. While some of those items may be reusable, the majority are single-use items requiring disposal after use. Though OSHA defines what level of contamination requires disposal as regulated medical waste, state regulations may have more strict definitions of what PPE must be disposed of as regulated medical waste (RMW).
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Last updated on February 23, 2022

This article is an update of the original published on July 7, 2021. Regulations change frequently. That’s why Sharps Compliance monitors updates and communicates any changes to its customers.

With many long-term care (LTC) communities already struggling with staff shortages, rising salaries, declining resident census, and other challenges, new government regulations can seem like just one more burden. However, changes to federal medication disposal regulations can actually help assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities,  memory care facilities, and other providers realize significant savings.
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