Wednesday 13 September 2017

Medical waste can be a dangerous thing

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Medical waste can be a dangerous thing

One can never underestimate the importance of properly disposing of medical waste.

What is medical waste? Medical waste which comes from humans contains high amounts of disease-causing microorganisms when compared to regular trash. These microorganisms cause disease. These microorganisms can become resistant to antibiotics which also contributes to the hazards created by poorly managed waste.

What are the risks? Studies from the World Health Organization (WHO) report on specific infections caused by the improper disposal of medical waste into the environment. Improper disposal can lead to parasitic infections, skin infections, meningitis, HIV, and more. Read a list of infections and percentages of risks here.

What makes you susceptible? Microorganisms can enter the human body through a puncture, abrasion or cut, through mucous membranes, and by inhaling or ingesting them. Sharps are particularly hazardous because they are often contaminated with patients’ blood.

What can you do to protect? Be a part of the solution and prevent contamination in the environment by properly disposing of medical waste. LB Medwaste Services Inc. offers efficient, secure removal and treatment of medical waste with a state-of-the-art autoclave machine. We successfully address the range of needs of companies in different sectors, including: healthcare, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retail and financial services. Give us a call today.