Hospitals protect and restore health and save lives, but in the process of doing this they generate a lot of waste. Some of this waste, if not addressed properly, may endanger health and lives. A large hospital can generate up to a ton of medical waste every day and includes:
Infectious waste: waste contaminated with blood and other bodily fluids, cultures, and stocks of infectious agents from laboratory work, or waste from patients with infections (e.g. swabs, bandages and disposable medical devices);
Pathological waste: human tissues, organs or fluids, body parts;
Sharps waste: syringes, needles, disposable scalpels, and blades;
Chemical waste: solvents and reagents used for laboratory preparations, disinfectants, sterilants and heavy metals contained in medical devices (e.g. mercury in broken thermometers) and batteries;
Pharmaceutical waste: expired, unused, and contaminated drugs and vaccines;
Cytotoxic waste: waste containing substances with genotoxic properties (i.e. highly hazardous substances that are, mutagenic, teratogenic or carcinogenic), such as cytotoxic drugs used in cancer treatment and their metabolites;
Radioactive waste: such as products contaminated by radionuclides including radioactive diagnostic material or radiotherapeutic materials; and
Non-hazardous or general waste: waste that does not pose any particular biological, chemical, radioactive, or physical hazard.
Around the globe, about 15% of waste generated by medical facilities is considered hazardous material that may be infectious, toxic, or radioactive. During the last number of years, hospitals have adopted various strategies to address this hazardous waste. Many of these strategies are costly and involve various safety and risk issues.
Through a process of collaboration, EnfraWaste helps hospitals around the globe lower cost, mitigate risk, manage environmental issues, and increase safety by providing sustainable onsite solutions to address their hazardous medical waste. EnfraWaste projects typically address processing requirements inhouse or offsite processing requirements between 1 to 10 tons per day. Systems can be design built for any application and need. To find out more, contact EnfraWaste.