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Managing Fluid Waste

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 6:49am
Managing infectious fluid waste in the OR is a major concern for both patients and healthcare professionals. Fluid must be contained properly and disposed of safely to protect the staff and comply with the facility’s infection control policy.

Managing infectious fluid waste in the OR is a major concern for both patients and healthcare professionals. Fluid must be contained properly and disposed of safely to protect the staff and comply with the facility’s infection control policy.

A fluid waste management system should be safe and efficient but still provide the user the ability to manage volume loss. It should be in compliance with OSHA standards and reduce the risk of exposure due to splashing and aerolization.

The environment must also be considered when purchasing a system. We must reduce our landfill waste and the potential for contamination. Reducing red bag disposal is a way to do this and protect our planet.

In this economy, medical facilities are looking for cost saving measures in every department. The OR generates large amounts of waste and it is necessary to reduce these costs wherever possible. It is important to find a safe, cost effective solution that meets the regulations, is affordable, and protects the user.

Another issue the OR staff faces daily is fast turn over times. The schedule must run on time to accommodate surgeons, patients, and to prevent costly staff overtime. The fluid waste management system should not contribute to this issue. It needs to be easy to use, require little training, and be error proof to guarantee employee safety. It should require little maintenance to decrease down time.

There are many systems on the market that provide answers to efficient fluid management. The buyer should consider cost/budget, installation requirements, training, and product support. End users should be consulted before purchasing to gain support in instituting a new procedure on waste disposal.

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