Written by Megan Chamberlain
30 Dec 2020

A New Normal in Hands-Free RMW Disposal

Did you know that RMW is sometimes handled up to 8 times during the disposal process?! If you ask us, that’s 7 times too many. Unnecessary handling of biohazardous waste is a key factor in infection risk – and one that Daniels Health is working to eliminate. Learn how our bagless and hands-free RMW container, the Medismart, can impact your clinical hygiene.

 

5 Key Features of the Medismart:

01 / Hands-free disposal through a foot-pedal opening

02 / No bags, liners, or boxes

03 / Dual waste segregation abilities

04 / Robotic container washing

05 / Soft lid closure

 

01/ Hands-free disposal through a foot-pedal opening

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we need to be more mindful of how our surface touches can spread infection. Using a foot-pedal opening mechanism and bagless system means hand contact with the collector is no longer required. This no-touch alternative results in a dramatic reduction in the infection transfer risk that currently exists using standard medical waste collectors. The Medismart eliminates the need for manual biohazardous waste handling.

 

 

02/ No bags, liners, or boxes

The Medismart does not require bags or secondary packaging and can be securely locked when full, thereby reducing labor, cross-contamination and waste handling risks. Did you know the total number of touches when a healthcare worker is hand-tying a bag is up to 8 times?!

 

In designing the Medismart, we not only wanted a bagless system that reduced infection risk but reduced environmental burden too. The elimination of plastic liners and cardboard boxes and reduces the volume of plastic waste going to landfill.

 

 

03 / Dual Waste Segregation

Daniels Accessmart trolley enables the effective segregation of both soft and sharp medical waste. With hands-free operation and easy maneuverability, the Accessmart enables the Medismart to be positioned in optimum use areas, whilst ensuring all sharps are safely disposed of at the point of care.

 

Benefits of dual waste segregation:

  • Simple, point-of-use disposal of RMW and sharps waste minimizes the risk of injury or infection during the disposal process.
  • Dual segregation, by nature, ensures you have the right container in the right place for when you need it.
  • Strengthening infection control! When you mount the Daniels Medismart and Sharpsmart container on our mobile Accessmart Cart, you allow the removal of medical waste from the patient environment.

 

04 / Soft-Lid Closure

Daniels' accessories are designed to automate secure soft-sound closure of the container lid once the foot-pedal is released, no-touch required, no odors or unsightly waste in full view! This quiet closure also increases efforts to reduce patient interruptions.

 

 

05 / Robotic container washing

If you are currently using something like a static kick-bin, do you know the last time it was cleaned? Do you know the cleaning regime of any of the static medical waste containers throughout your facility? With the Medismart, you don’t have to – cleaning is built into the Daniels process.

 

Once full, the Medismart is transported to a Daniels facility and undergoes an 8-step washing process with a level of decontamination 4 times higher than required by the CDC, eliminating dirt residue and contaminants. 

 

Learn about the entire Medismart container journey

 

 

Sometimes looks DO matter…

The clinical appearance of the Medismart collector dissuades staff and patients from misappropriating its use for general waste disposal. The visual queue that the Medismart is clearly for biohazardous waste, not coffee cups, helps reduce medical waste volumes and lowers costs significantly with improved waste segregation. Note the compact design and transportation accessories of the system that dramatically reduce the workload of environmental services staff.

So not only does the Medismart look good, it feels good to use in your healthcare waste management strategy. The efficacy of using the Medismart can be seen in our peer-reviewed studies of the system.

 

 

The Impact of the Medismart on a 360-bed acute care facility:

360-bed Acute Care private hospital found their use of a 64Gallon bin posed issues with infection and staff injury risk, logistics, waste volumes, space and cost, and was not compliant with regulatory guidelines. A 3-year study examined the impact of transitioning from their 64Gallon bin to the Daniels 17Gallon Medismart.

 

The results:

  • Medical Waste mass reduction of 53.2%
  • Medical Waste volume reduction of 65.2%
  • Labor cost reduction associated with logistics in handling waste of 69.2%
  • Medical waste disposal cost reduction of 30.9%
  • Minimized infection potential and sharps injury risk
  • Efficiencies in space and waste movement gained
  • Improved waste segregation

 

READ THE CASE STUDY

 

 

The Medismart is the ideal regulated medical waste container for: 

 

Can you risk using a system not rooted in infection control?

With over 30 years of experience, Daniels Health has proven the impact of a clinically-designed solution on healthcare waste management safety. Actively protecting against infection risk, minimizing environmental burden, and removing a potential source of pathogen transfer in healthcare facilities, the Daniels Medismart system offers unparalleled safety and compliance. To chat further and see if the Medismart system is right for your facility’s needs, contact us today.

 

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Megan Chamberlain

Megan Chamberlain

Content Strategist

With a little bit of knowledge about a lot of things and a quick wit, Megan was the recipient of the Daniels Pun-Master Award 2017 and is the go-to for fun analogies to explain healthcare waste.