09 Sep Sharp Safety: How To Safely Handle Sharp Medical Items
Sharp medical items such as needles, scalpels, lancets and other medical devices are commonly used in medical practices. These items can cause not only scratches and cuts but also more serious health concerns, including the transmission of infectious diseases. Therefore, following safety measures should always be taken when handling and disposing of sharp medical items.
Safety begins by carefully selecting and using the right tool for a medical procedure. All medical sharps should be used only once and disposed of immediately afterwards. Make sure all sharps containers have securely fitting lids that can’t be accidentally opened or damaged. Do not overfill sharps containers. Dispose of filled containers in appropriate containers according to local regulations.
When handling sharps, be sure to wear gloves and protective eyewear. Never re-cap, bend, break, or otherwise manipulate a used sharp item. When collecting and disposing of sharps, always use a puncture-resistant container to reduce the risk of injury. These containers should be clearly labeled and clearly visible in each treatment room.
Sharps should be properly contained and disposed of to avoid the spread of infection. Make sure to store sharps containers away from areas where children and animals can access them. Ensure that sharps containers are not placed in reach of patients, visitors, and staff that might mistake them for waste bins.
When transporting sharps, wear gloves, apron, and other appropriate protection. When placing the container in the transport bin, make sure to seal the tray and container with tape to contain any spills or leaks. When transporting the container, use containers that prevent sharps from escaping.
Following these safety tips will help keep your workplace safe for patients, visitors, and staff. Adherence to safe measures and proper disposal of sharp medical items will help reduce the risk of injury, infection, and the transmission of infectious diseases.
Author: Mr. Medical Waste
Date Published: Mar. 02, 2023