Each year, U.S. hospitals produce about 2.6 million tons of medical waste. That’s the equivalent of about 5,200 garbage trucks. Not only is this a significant strain on the environment, but it’s also very costly for hospitals to dispose of all this waste properly. In this article, we’ll explore how hospital managers are deploying cost-saving strategies to help them reduce the costs of medical waste disposal.
Healthcare Waste Categories
As a hospital manager, one of the ways you can reduce costs on medical waste disposal is by categorising waste containers. This means separating different types of waste so that they can be disposed of more efficiently. For example, you might have separate bins for infectious waste, general waste, and hazardous waste. By doing this, you can make sure that the right type of waste goes into the right bin, which will save money and time in the long run.
Finally, another way to save money on medical waste disposal is by using onsite infectious medical waste sterilisation. This is a process where medical waste is put through specialist friction technology to sterilise it. This method is becoming increasingly popular as it is very effective at reducing the volume of waste that needs to be disposed of while being eco-conscious. It also means that there is less risk of hazardous materials being released into the environment.
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