Business Development Leader, Spill Control
Multisorb Technologies, Inc.
October 4, 2010
There are several key points to remember when purchasing fluid waste control products to prevent occupational exposure when capturing the bio-waste inside of OR unit suction canisters. A medical facility needs to research and follow the regulations that are in place for the proper handling, transport and disposal of bio-waste that is generated by their facility. In addition, the medical center should verify with their staff members, landfill operators and medical waste haulers on which treatment and disposal methods are most desired or accepted. An analysis of the volume of waste generated in the OR unite needs to be performed to determine what the most suitable and safest cost effective measures will be in preventing cross contamination. This will enhance the reduction of occupational exposure to facility staff members and ensures that proper patient safety procedures are in place.
Another key point to maximize occupational exposure is to adhere to the guidelines that are in place by The Joint Commission. They are an organization that accredits and certifies more than 17,000 health organizations and programs in the United States. This organization performs review of the medical facility to ensure that proper practices are documented and in place to prevent occupational exposure when infectious body fluids are captured and disposed.
One of the best and safest practices that a medical facility can utilize is to treat and solidify their biowaste with a self-bursting solidifying pouch that contains a super absorbent polymer. The solidifier will kill bacteria inside of the fluid contaminant unit as it congeals the waste with greatly reduces occupational exposure and ensures that the safety of the patient is maintained during the surgical procedure.
The staff member who handles the waste only needs to insert thhe product into the container containing the body fluids, and then the self-bursting pouch will do the rest of the work. There is no shaking, tearing or pouring required. A pre-measured packet can be used to handle any size fluid containment unit. It is the safest and most effective way to prevent occupational exposure.
Other options include wall unit machines which are very expensive. A machine typically needs to be purchased in every department where the waste is generated so that handling, treatment and disposal of the bio-fluid can be adequately achieved.
A final option is bottled polymer. However, it is more expensive than the solidifying pouch. It is often difficult to measure bottle degradations when the product is being used. Another concern with bottle polymer is the messy aerosol effect and exposure of the super absorbent polymer to the occupational staff member. All treatment methods should be well documented and labeled within the medical facility to ensure adequate prevention of occupational exposure is achieved.