“As healthcare providers, it is unthinkable to release infectious patients back into our community. Likewise, responsible administrators apply the same logic to infectious waste management.” Executive Insight Magazine, May 2011
Potential Super Bugs and Flu Pandemics Released From Hospitals Pose An Even Greater Risk…
“This was ‘the proverbial superbug that we’ve all worried about for a long time…With some 99,000 U.S. deaths attributed to hospital-borne infections annually, the NIH outbreak provides a stark case study of the dangers of the latest wave of hospital-bred bacteria and the extreme measures hospitals must adopt to stem the rising superbug tide.'” The Washington Post, August 22, 2012
“If a highly pathogenic flu virus were to spread as rapidly as the 2009 H1N1 virus, health officials would have little time to respond. Since the September 2011 attacks in 2001, influenza has been considered a potential bioweapon.” Scientific American, June 2012
Up until the 1990s, many hospitals managed this material on-site with an incinerator. Because of the environmental and human health issues associated with incineration, some hospitals transitioned to non-combustion technologies such as autoclaving. Another approach hospitals selected was to outsource the management of their infectious medical waste to an off-site hauler as a temporary solution. What began as a short-term “fix” became permanent for a majority of these hospitals. Administrators quickly lost visibility as soon as this responsibility transitioned to facilities and housekeeping’s operating budget.
Inside Healthcare Magazine Fall 2012
The On-Site Solution
On-site sterilization of infectious waste prevents removal of unsterilized red bag waste, via trucks through our communities, thus preventing possible accidents and spills.
The benefits of an on-site waste sterilization solution have been validated by independent analysis…
“…for over a decade, the CCVM has shipped its cRMW to an off-site, commercial facility for treatment. This method involves the transportation of untreated medical wastes over public roads, which, compared to on-site treatment, has an increased risk of public exposure to infectious wastes. The CCVM has determined that on-site treatment of cRMW can eliminate this risk at reasonable cost…” Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine
“In March of this year, a government study was submitted to Congress, which demonstrated that on-site programs to manage infectious medical waste are less than half the cost of outsourcing. The report went on to document how these on-site programs also have significantly reduced carbon emissions for these hospitals.” Inside Healthcare Magazine Fall 2012
“… opportunity for cost savings is the ability to dispose of properly treated regulated medical waste as solid waste.” New York State Department of Health Guidelines for Implementation of Public Health Law 1389 AA-GG and Environmental Health Regulations of 10 NYCRR, Part 70