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Utah Hospital Saves Money and the Environment by Treating Its Own Medical Waste on Site
Date:10/28/2013

blowing the toxic waste onto city streets. One time our van was hit while in transit and medical waste was strewn all over the highway."

With the System 70 unit, Blue Mountain's medical waste disposal costs have plummeted to $2,000 per month, a cost that will disappear once the machine is paid off. "We wanted a SteriMed unit for the cost savings alone," said Trent Herring, Environment of Care Director at Blue Mountain Hospital. "The additional benefits to the environment and in terms of infection control, not to mention the service we are providing to our community health clinics, make it one of the most valuable assets in our hospital."

The SteriMed® method of medical waste treatment has been so successful for Blue Mountain Hospital that the hospital invited surrounding medical clinics, healthcare providers, and the community to bring their medical waste to Blue Mountain for disposal. Blue Mountain Hospital is closely aligned with a larger health system that includes four clinics, provides medical services to members of the Navajo and Ute reservations, and offers programs for patients with diabetes and other chronic diseases. These outlying facilities generate an additional 6,000 pounds per year, all of which was also being transported long distances to a medical incinerator.

Now medical waste that is generated at the hospital and also brought in from the outlying healthcare providers is transported through the halls of the small hospital to the equipment room, where the SteriMed® System 70 unit is installed. A machine operator loads the bags of medical waste, including sharps containers, into the waste receiver of the System 70. To safeguard the operator two buttons must be pushed simultaneously to close the lid. Then the operator pushes the start button to begin an automated, emission-free, process. The complete cycle takes about 20 minutes, after which the treated waste, Ploof™, is automatically
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