Sharps Compliance Announces Fall Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the Fall 2018 scholarship contest winners! Each semester Sharps Compliance provides an essay topic and selects three winners. $1500, $1000, and $750 scholarships are awarded to three students currently enrolled in or accepted to an accredited university. Students must be studying healthcare.
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Part One: What’s Going into that Red Biohazard Bag?

This is an update of the article originally published on September 5, 2013.

Reducing Your Medical Waste Through RightClassificationSM – A Three Part Series

Decades after the Medical Waste Tracking Act prompted the passing of state medical waste regulations, red biohazard bags are still being filled with trash. Granted, we seldom see pizza boxes or drink cans in red bags anymore, but we still see trash, such as dressings, gauze, gloves, test strips, urine cups, empty medication vials, table and tray covers, device packaging, tubing, pads, and adults diapers. Proper waste segregation (RightClassification℠) is crucial to assure proper containment and disposal of trash, regulated medical waste (RMW), and hazardous waste. Many reasons are given as to why these items end up in red biohazard bags, including:

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ComplianceTrac: Online OSHA Training and Compliance Tools That Are Ready When You Are

No office wants its employees to suffer accidents on the job. Workplace injuries cost money and hurt employee morale. So, prevention is key. Employees need to understand workplace safety rules and have access to comprehensive OSHA training materials. In most healthcare facilities, however, it can be hard to fit training into busy schedules. ComplianceTrac can help.
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Don’t Forget: Scholarship Essay Deadline June 11

The deadline for Sharps Compliance’s biannual scholarship essay contest is Monday, June 11, 2018. Students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university, who are studying a healthcare-related major, are eligible to enter. A first, second, and third prize of $750, $1000, and $1500 will be awarded, respectively.
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Retail Pharmacies Implementing Safe Sharps Disposal Programs As Vaccination Rates Rise

In the United States, approximately 50,000 adults die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases. The immunization shortfall has multiple causes, but health experts agree that leveraging “non-traditional sites of vaccination delivery” can help overcome barriers to care. Retail pharmacies play an important role in this effort. Between 2007 and 2013, the number of vaccinations dispensed by community pharmacies rose from 3.2 million to 20.9 million.
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