Medical & Biohazardous Waste Disposal in Iowa
While Iowa’s hog population outnumbers its human counterparts, there’s more to the “Corn State” than sweeping farmland, Winnebagos, golf courses, Pufferbillys and Eskimo Pies. Tucked between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, there are plenty of things that make Iowa the best thing since sliced bread! It is said this famous phrase was coined here thanks to the frustrations of one Otto Frederick Rohwedder. Exacerbated from cramming hand-sliced pieces of bread into his toaster, he invented the first automatic bread slicer.
The landlocked state is popular for some of its unique festivities such as the National Hobo Convention in Britt. In the state’s capital Des Monies, the annual World Food Prize Award is handed out, while Decorah hosts the annual Nordic Fest. Changing its location yearly, more than 8,500 avid cyclists are selected via random lottery to participate in the RAGBRAI, the oldest and largest bike-touring event of its kind. Iowans have a penchant for BIG things; Iowa City is home to the world’s largest wooden nickel, and Strawberry Point houses the world’s biggest strawberry. The world’s longest Bullhead Fish statue watches over Crystal Lake, which is also popular for catching the real thing, and is only a few miles away from Iowa’s oldest state park – Backbone.
The “Hawkeye State” has a number of famous connections; Winterset was the birthplace of John Wayne aka The Duke, while Cedar Rapids is Ashton Kutcher’s hometown. Riverside has cult status as the future birthplace of James Tiberius Kirk and hosts the annual “Trekfest.” While Dubuque provided the backdrop to Oscar favorite “Felid of Dreams” and Madison County was where most of “The Bridges of Madison County” was filmed. Clear Lake is where “the music died,” in 1959, when the plane of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s crashed into a field. In 1982 in Des Monies a 17-year-old boy threw a bat on stage at a concert, which would spark the infamous Ozzy Osborne incident. When Ozzy realized it was real, he was raced to hospital for a rabies shot after the show.
Daniels has been established in Iowa since 2003 and has grown to become one of the most well respected service partners in the healthcare industry. Our commitment to honest and transparent pricing, range of world-leading containment solutions, and the delivery of clinical, sustainable and safety outcomes across our solution offering to acute and non-acute healthcare facilities alike, sets Daniels apart.
Daniels’ comprehensive transport and processing network enables us to deliver competitive pricing with local service. As no two healthcare settings are the same, the Daniels approach is built on product and service customization – whether for a surgery or oncology center or a multi-site hospital, we have something for you. Daniels Health innovative solutions for medical waste include:
Biohazardous Sharps Disposal
Regulated medical waste (red bag waste) and pathological waste
Expired RX Pharmaceuticals and the use of RX Destroyer
RCRA Hazardous and the disposal of Controlled Substances
Surgical Device Recovery
OSHA Compliance Training
All of these solutions are designed to integrate seamlessly with your practice, optimizing efficiencies, reducing waste volumes and minimizing disruption to patient care. Learn more about our industry-leading product range here.
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Iowa's Medical Waste Disposal Guidelines
Where there are hospitals there is biohazardous waste. The “Solid Waste Program” sets Iowa’s regulations, which operate in addition to OSHA’s. Any facility in Iowa generating any type of medical waste is required to apply for an SWA (Special Waste Authorization) permit. The SWA includes very specific details such as:
In addition to these requirements, all sharps must be blunted, granulated, shredded, incinerated or mechanically destroyed. We know there are so many factors influencing compliant medical waste disposal, so we've made it a little easier to digest. To ensure your healthcare facility is compliant, click below:
Guide to Iowa Medical Waste
Surgical Sharps Passing
Introducing Daniels Bladesafe, a game changing safety device. Every year 300,000 American healthcare workers are involved in sharps-related injuries, with more than 42% occurring in the OR.
These injuries largely occur through suturing and the passing of sharps. OSHA has mandated a “hands-free” technique in regard to the passing of scalpels and syringes. However, the consistent use of a neutral zone till now has been limited with the use of kidney dishes and flat trays offering sub-optimal protection in safely retrieving instruments.
What is Bladesafe?
The Bladesafe Passing Tray facilitates intuitive retrieval, depositing and passing of devices by surgeons and scrub staff mid-procedure
The Bladesafe Counting Tray provides a convenient single location for the management of all procedural sharps including hypodermic needles, suture counting, K-Wires, scalpel storage and blade removal
The Bladesafe Multi (Passing Tray + Counting Tray) provides a solution to the safety risks associated with the transfer, storage and disposal of sharps within a surgical setting
Designed in conjunction with perioperative staff, Bladesafe provides the most advanced solution to managing the safety risks associated with the transfer, storage and disposal of sharps within a surgical setting.
Daniels Health understands the needs of healthcare facilities in Iowa.
Contact us and see how we can help your facility better manage your medical and biohazardous waste disposal.
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