Proper Classifications For Medical Waste


Make sure all of your medical waste is classified accur […]

Make sure all of your medical waste is classified accurately before disposal in order to minimize costs. Proper classifications for medical waste include:

Solid waste – Solid waste includes unused IV bags, unbroken glass, plastic and non-confidential paper.
Sharps waste – Sharps waste includes disposable sharp instruments and tools, razor blades, scalpel blades, glass slides, broken glass, needles, syringes and any other item that can puncture skin.
Trace chemotherapy waste – This includes any materials used to prepare or administer chemotherapy drugs. Examples include IV bags, syringes, gowns, empty chemotherapy vials, tubing, pads and gloves.
Pharmaceutical waste – This includes damaged or unwanted medications, such as over-the-counter medications, partially used tubes of ointment, eye drops or antibiotics.
Biohazardous waste – Biohazardous waste includes any waste contaminated with infectious bodily fluids or blood in any form. Examples of items in this category include biohazardous bags, used dressings and pads, containers of bodily fluids, and blood in tubing or syringes.