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Edison Nation Medical Announces Innovation Search To Improve Hazardous Waste Disposal in Hospitals & Healthcare Facilities
Date:8/14/2014

d; items that are caked with dried blood or other potentially infectious materials and are capable of releasing these materials during handling; contaminated sharps; and pathological and microbiological wastes containing blood or other potentially infectious materials.

Proper and effective handling and disposal of "Red Bag" medical waste is not only essential to the safety of patients and staff, but can also save the hospital, nursing home or other medical facility thousands of dollars in unnecessary disposal costs of non bio-hazardous medical waste. Many hospitals routinely throw 50-70% of their waste into the bio-hazardous waste stream, even though a large percentage of hospital or medical facility waste is very similar to that of an office building: it consists mostly of paper, cardboard and food waste that does not require Red Bag disposal guidelines. By comparison, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that only 2-3% of hospital medical waste truly needs to be disposed of as infectious Red Bag hazardous materials.  The economic impact of these errors is significant: red bagged waste costs up to 10 times more for disposal than municipal solid waste and up to 30 times more than recycling.

Another area for hazardous waste disposal improvement is proper recycling. The average cost to dispose of municipal solid waste (MSW) in a hospital is approximately $250 – $300 per bed and the average 500 bed hospital will spend $150,000 annually on MSW contracts. Between 25-30% of MSW contains materials that could be recycled with the proper recycling program. Other hazardous waste disposal areas in need of innovation include everything from chemical hazardous waste, construction and demolition debris, pathological waste, pharmaceutical waste, laboratory reagent waste, radioactive waste, recyclables, solid waste and waste water.

"Hazardous waste disposal is a complicated and costly compliance challenge to healthcare organizations," said
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