Red Bags December Blog Round Up – December 2018

Here’s what you missed on the Red Bags blog this month.

Here at Red Bags we’re focused on bringing you safe and trusted solutions for medical waste disposal. We also keep tabs on the latest happenings in the industry so you can stay up-to-date on everything that’s going on. Here’s a look at what the month of December brought for news and updates.

We started out the month diving deeper into different types of medical waste and the special ways in which they must be handled for safe disposal.

Handling radioactive waste, for example, requires special procedures, storage vessels, and strict guidelines including a set period of time for the radioactivity to wear off before being disposed. This prevents the spread of disease and protects the public. Learn more.

While it’s true that large hospitals are generating tons of medical waste, small clinical practices must also play their part in safe disposal. In our next post for the month, we took a look at some of the types of waste produced at these smaller medical practices as well as the importance of proper disposal in these settings.

Medical waste ranging from sharps and blood-soaked bandages to bodily tissues and even human excretions are common at these facilities. Read more.

To help make it easier for all who come in contact with medical waste, there is a color system for containers to help healthcare workers and the public use caution around the waste. For example:

  • Black containers are used specifically for waste that’s classified as hazardous waste.
  • Red containers are used for either sharps disposal (when in the appropriate labeled container) or as a disposal container for any infectious or blood contaminated waste like IV tubing. 

Check out our Medical Waste Segregation Series to learn more about the specific colors used and what types of waste should be placed there.

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