Navigation Links
Hazardous Medical Waste Discovered Again In San Jose

A worrying trend of untreated medical waste dumped in landfills, is emerging from areas of the South Bay region of San Jose, US. Just days from when a significant// amount of hazardous medical waste was traced to three South Bay hospitals, the fourth catch from another hospital- Los Gatos Surgical Center, was obtained.

The medical waste was discovered at the Guadalupe landfill during a routine check of regular trash delivered there, according to Monica Devincenzi, a spokeswoman for Waste Management, which owns the landfill.

Ann Clarkson, senior environmental health specialist for the county says that although the amount of waste was small, estimated at less than 50 pounds in a trash load of several tons, the surgical facility was required to remove the entire load of contaminated trash and send it to a medical waste treatment facility for disposal. Estimates of the weight of the truckload of trash ranged from 4,000 to 9,000 pounds. It included surgical tubing, bloodstained gauze and medication vials.

The county is still investigating how O'Connor Hospital, Los Gatos Community Hospital and Kaiser-Santa Teresa hospital sent untreated medical waste, including bags of human blood, to the landfill seven times during a two-week period. So far, according to hospital and county officials the evidence seems to point to human error. Hospital employees may have simply tossed untreated medical waste into the wrong bins, which were picked up by regular trash haulers and taken to the dump.

Meanwhile, all three hospitals claim they are increasing training and taking other steps to make sure medical waste is disposed of safely.

Yet, Clarkson and others involved continue to wonder about the frequency of the mix-ups in such a short time period, and why the untreated waste has so far been discovered only at one landfill in the county.

Landfills across California have stepped up their monitoring of incoming trash in recent months over environmental concerns and potential health hazards to workers and the public.

Since the earlier incidents this month, the Guadalupe landfill had stopped accepting any waste from hospitals, except for office trash. Devincenzi says the present load got through the landfill gate because the source was not identified on the driver's records as a medical facility - it was delivered on behalf of the surgical center's landlord.

"The source of the latest material was listed on the truck driver's records as "National Office"", Devincenzi was quoted. The surgical center is located at 15195 National Ave. in Los Gatos; there are other businesses, including medical offices, in the same building.

As with the three hospitals, Devincenzi says the landfill will not accept any more deliveries from that location, except for office trash, until the medical facilities develop corrective plans approved by local health officials.

She also says the trash hauler apparently didn't realize medical waste was mixed in with regular trash. However, she added that landfill workers were trained to watch for unacceptable items in loads coming from all sources. "Everybody's kind of on high alert since the previous discoveries”, she added.
ANN/B
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Smoking Hazardous To The Enzymes System In Lungs
2. Cardiac Disease May Be Hazardous In Pregnancy
3. Online Drugs Could Prove Hazardous To health Warn Doctors in UK
4. Early Breast Cancer Screening may Prove Hazardous
5. Slightly High Blood Pressure is Also Hazardous
6. Using Growth Hormone for Boosting Performances is Hazardous
7. Prescribing Off Label Drugs for Children may Be Hazardous
8. Indian Nationals with Foreign Medical Degrees can now practice in India
9. Meditation Works Medically
10. Sleep Disorders Could Indicate Other Medical Problems
11. Being Obese Increases Ones Risk Of A wrong Diagnosis During Medical Imaging
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 24, 2017 , ... Studies show evidence that ... the risk of visual loss in these patients. , But how often do ophthalmologists ... smoking cessation to patients at risk of or with early symptoms of AMD? A ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2017 , ... ... plastic surgeon practicing in Newburgh, New York, has recently begun offering three new ... to offering the best cutting-edge procedures and reducing downtime, Dr. Rubinstein is excited ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... Everybody has their own personal preference ... to read it, and some people don't like it at all. FindaTopDoc took a ... found: , Erotic literature can give readers a taste of their deepest, darkest fantasies ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2017 , ... The Aesthetic ... facelift . Dr. Talei has come up with a proprietary technique that he calls ... lifts tissues that have dropped. For all ages, patients can expect to look refreshed, ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... , ... June 23, 2017 , ... ... Cancer Conference from Sept. 18 to 20. , The two-day conference is focused ... with the goal of improving patients’ lives and eliminating racial breast cancer-related disparities. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/14/2017)... Va. , June 14, 2017  ivWatch LLC, ... and effectiveness of intravenous (IV) therapy, is pleased to ... the category of Nonsurgical Hospital Supplies and Equipment at ... awards program for the medtech industry. The award was ... the Jacob K. Javits Center in New ...
(Date:6/12/2017)... -- Kineta, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the development ... of R&D and Head of Virology Kristin Bedard has been ... Northwest and Beyond meeting sponsored by Life Science Washington. ... 8:30-10:30 AM PDT at the Agora Conference Center in ... will be joined by other leaders in infectious disease research ...
(Date:6/9/2017)... INDIANAPOLIS , June 9, 2017 More ... a further effort to help spread lessons learned from ... the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Eli Lilly and ... for the second phase of the Bringing Research in ... reaffirming their commitment to helping people with diabetes effectively ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: