Believe it or not, medical facilities produce about 2 million tons — or 4 billion pounds — of hospital wastes each year. Unfortunately, many of these hospital wastes are improperly disposed of. As a result, several, dangerous issues arise. Here are just a few.
Radioactive Hospital Wastes Can Harm the Environment.
About one-fifth (20%) of all total hospital wastes generated by health-care activities are considered hazardous materials that could potentially be infectious, toxic, or even radioactive. If medical waste disposal solutions aren’t used to properly take care of the wastes, then these radioactive wastes get put into the environment, where they can do catastrophic damage.
Infectious Hospital Wastes Pose a Risk to Patients.
Without the help of a medical waste treatment company, patients may inadvertently be exposed to the harmful microorganisms in hospital wastes. Consequentially, these viruses and diseases can then infect the patients, and even the hospital staff and the general public.
Contaminated Needles Infect Hospital Workers With Hepatitis C Virus.
Each year, health care workers administer about 16 billion injections across the world. However, sometimes hazardous waste management in hospitals falls short, resulting in the improper disposal of needles and syringes. Consequentially, these needles then stick hospital staff, and infect them. According to the World Health Organization, needles and syringes that were improperly disposed of in 2000 caused 21 million hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections, two million hepatitis C virus infections and 260,000 HIV infections worldwide.
Hospitals need to take care of how they manage their waste. If not properly disposed of, medical wastes can have a catastrophic impact on the environment, spread diseases to patients and the public, and infect hospital staff.
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