Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities (This includes Psychiatric Hospitals, Disabled Persons’ Facilities, Convalescent Homes) – generate medical waste daily. These facilities have residents for a longer period of time unlike hospitals (Just a few days) and employ a professional medical staff from nurses to doctors and even the janitorial staff is medically trained to a degree. Although the care provided is not as in depth as hospitals or medical centers these facilities generate Regulated Medical Waste, including Biomedical and Pathological Waste. An average estimate of generated Regulated Medical Waste in these facilities lands between 1 to 1.5 pounds per occupied bed. It is estimated that of this weight about 50% of that is considered to be Biomedical Infectious Waste.
While these facilities don't generate the volume of Biohazardous Medical Waste that hospitals and surgery centers do, they produce enough to warrant a professional Regulated Medical Waste Transporter Service. We service many long term care facilities throughout Arizona and provide them with the same level service as our big hospital clients. Below is a list of Biomedical Waste we transport and dispose of for our Long Term Care Facilities:
• Sharps – The most common service we provide for facilities across Arizona. Sharps refers to waste that requires discarding into a puncture resistant container typically housing needles, syringes, lancets, and razors used in medical treatment. Anything that can pierce the skin is a sharp. They pose the highest risk for laceration or punctures to skin. This creates heightened risks for residents, personnel, and visitors to transmission of potentially infectious materials.
• Red Bag Waste or Biological Waste – This is the second most common service we provide to Assisted Living Facilities. The items found in Red Biohazard Bags should be soft porous items such and bedding, gauze, and gloves.
• Trace Chemo or Radioactive Medical Waste – This is not a very common service by volume but we do provide this service. Many Long-Term Care Facilities have residents battling cancer and receive treatment at outside facility and the Biomedical Waste they produce should be considered Trace Chemo Waste. While the levels of exposure are not life threating the hazard still exists and the proper disposal should be required. These containers should not be located with anything other than waste considered to have Trace Levels Chemo Medicine or Fluids.
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