Summary of Risks in the management of chemotherapy waste
Management of chemotherapy waste can be a long and involved process, which may be inefficient and not environmentally sustainable.
Many health facilities do not get to the root cause of why they have ineffective practices for managing chemotherapy waste leading to escalating costs.
Understanding the end to end process for managing chemotherapy waste is key to unlocking the benefits of a compliant, safe, eco-friendly and cost effective system.
Many health facilities implement chemotherapy waste solutions without clear segregation guideliness that results firstly in large volumes of waste being produced and going unnecessarily to landfill and secondly propogating an adverse impact on the environment.
Face an increase risk of spillage and infection
Typical industry practices of using single-use containers for the collection of chemotherapy waste, increases risk of spillage and infection transfer due to the flimsy nature of a single-use container that has no built-in seals to enclose contents in case of incident.
With all the different type of chemotherapy waste, staff don’t know where each type of waste should go.
There are a number of subcategories for chemotherapy waste: trace chemotherapy waste, bulk chemotherapy waste, listed hazardous waste or characteristic hazardous waste that may be difficult for staff to navigate.
The different types of chemotherapy waste can confuse staff and result in poor segregation waste practices
Without formal training and a simple system to segregate waste, there can be substantial unnecessary costs incurred by a health facility in segregating waste.
Not sure how new USP 800 will affect you? USP 800 is a NIOSH guideline that has specified drugs across three different classes/tables that require clinicians to wear PPE when administering for their safety, and such waste needs to be disposed of through incinceration.
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