OSHA, OPIM, DEA, RMW, CPL-02-02-069…When you’re running a medical practice, it’s hard enough to manage the staff, serve patients, and keep up with insurance paperwork, much less stay on top of regulatory requirements and changes. You know how important it is to protect your patients, staff, and community from exposure to potentially dangerous pathogens and/or wastes, but that requires knowledge and training.
Do you know that hospital acquired infections (HAIs) can have a direct correlation to reprocessed medical devices according to a Johns Hopkins study published in October 2018?1 Have you read that The ECRI Institute, an independent and trusted authority on healthcare practices and products that improve the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of patient care, listed “Mishandling Flexible Endoscopes after Disinfection Can Lead to Patient Infections” with an emphasis on reprocessing on the “2019 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards”?2
Regulated medical waste (RMW) disposal companies help medical waste generators manage all aspects of medical waste handling and disposal, including cradle-to-grave tracking. They may also assist with documentation management, regulatory compliance, internal compliance audits, OSHA-required training, and sustainability.Continue reading “Six Essential Services a Regulated Medical Waste Disposal Provider Should Provide”
As long as humans have gathered together in settlements, there have been garbage dumps – and the associated problems of smell, disease, and air/water pollution. For thousands of years, we’ve struggled with the challenge of managing waste, including household garbage, industrial waste, hazardous waste, and medical waste. Governments in the United States began taking a role in waste disposal surprisingly early with mixed results:
Continue reading “INFOGRAPHIC: Don’t Dump That! A Timeline History of Waste Disposal in the United States”
The number of Americans self-injecting drugs outside healthcare settings increases each year. A 2015 study by Zion Research estimated that the global injectable drug market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 11.8% between 2016-2021. Many patients need to inject medications when away from home but lack access to safe disposal options.Continue reading “Safe Needle Disposal Helps Protect Public from Needlestick Injuries”