Written by Laura Wakelam
12 Apr 2021

A New Normal in Hospital Waste Management

The last 12 months have presented our society at large with unprecedented challenges, and no more has this been felt than through our hospitals and medical institutions. As an essential service provider to hundreds of hospitals across the United States, we at Daniels Health have become more acutely aware than ever of the vital role we play to support our healthcare partners and how critical it is to stay true to our path of innovation, pursuit of safer solutions and passion for service.   

 

Over the past year we have explored issues impacting hospitals, some of which we have captured throughout our blog - Infection control having a seat at the table in hospital waste discussions during an era where most of humanity is acutely aware of how many surfaces they’ve touched between hand washes, Supply chain shortages of disposable sharps containers and how this has impacted satellite COVID treatment centers, the new protocols of Safe medical waste handling when infection control reigns supreme and healthcare facilities are facing significant cost inflations due to unnecessarily over-categorized medical waste. As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting healthcare professionals understand the risks and opportunities surrounding healthcare waste management, we have created a “New Normal” hub which helps you navigate best-practice waste management for each healthcare waste stream, and considerations for every department – whether EVS, Infection Control, Purchasing or Financial Management as we come out the other side of COVID.

 


TOPICS WE WILL COVER: 


1 / The New Normal Hub 

2 / The Approach Daniels Delivers to Hospitals

3 / A Hospital Waste Management Program with Daniels


 

The New Normal Hub

 

THE "HUB" HOMEPAGE  

This is where you begin your journey. What does a New Modern Era look like in healthcare waste management? What should we keep, what should we let go of, and how do we together redefine modern benchmarks of safety, cleanliness and infection control for the next generation?

 

BY WASTE STREAM OR BY ROLE

This next step is on you, how do you want to navigate?

  • To explore the opportunities that await to radically rethink hospital waste streams, go to our Waste Streams hub to learn what a modern future might look like for chemotherapy waste or non-hazardous pharmaceuticals in your hospital.  
  • To explore waste service metrics that matter to your role, visit our Clinical Role hub to learn how you can think differently about waste management within your hospital to protect your staff and drive direct impact to your department’s bottom line

 

VISIT THE HUB! 

 


 

The Approach Daniels delivers to Hospitals


Hospital Waste Management is a multi-faceted service, and to effectively drive cost reductions, environmental impact and clinical results – an integrated program must be introduced that has performance metrics set in advance. As you work through our New Normal hub, you will quickly realize that Daniels Health does not operate a "waste hauler" approach – we’re passionate about integration, clinical partnerships and a process approach that magnifies the effectiveness of the organization we are partnering with. These are some of the aspects of our approach that we’re most proud of:

 

A Science Based Approach   

From Needlestick injury reduction to surface contamination and microbial counts in our medical waste container cleaning and sanitization processes, Daniels leads the industry in safety and infection control

 

 

Waste Segregation and Education 

Through medical waste audits, intentional bin placement, staff training and education and our TRACE waste tracking system, we drive best practice waste segregation, reducing compliance risk and lowering costs

 

 

Accountability to Results 

Our customized service level agreements are reviewed quarterly to ensure disciplines are upheld and that Daniels is achieving the promised safety, environmental and cost-reduction outcomes proposed

 

 

Space and Movement Optimization

Through healthcare waste mapping and smart mobile solutions, we reduce injury and bin overfill risk, labor, patient interruptions, container exchanges and cross-contamination while optimizing labor costs

 

 

Supportive Account Management 

An expert dedicated team provide ongoing support and proactive account management: Regularly performed audits, consistent training, issue escalation, and the evaluation of data with actionable goals

 

 

National Service Systemization 

With 22 waste processing and logistics hubs across the US, we are able to service 87% of the US hospital bed market and deliver local ownership, transport efficiency and state-based compliance

 

 

Reduced Waste Touches 

No bag tying, no box assembly, no decanting or consolidation of waste from patient-room bins. Our solutions dramatically reduce the number of touches of waste throughout a healthcare facility, minimizing infection risk

 

 

Standardized Data and Reporting 

To drive change, KPI’s are established for each medical waste stream to measure against both internal and external benchmarks such as practice Greenhealth pounds of waste per bed or Adjusted Patient Days; KPI’s are reviewed quarterly

 

 

Clinically Engineered Containers 

Daniels sharps, pharmaceutical, medical waste and trace chemotherapy waste containers lead the industry in safety, sustainability and sanitization efficacy with peer reviewed accreditation in some of the world's leading medical journals

 

 

Reduced Total Cost of Ownership 

Through our four-walls impact model we drive reductions in waste volumes, labor hours, injuries, container turns, segregation infringements, and patient interruptions; our approach will reduce your overall costs

 

 



Explore a Hospital Waste Management Program with Daniels


In 2000 we broke ground in North America and won our first two hospitals – Fairview Hospital in Minnesota and Sick Kids Toronto, customers that we are incredibly proud to still call our partners today. Back then we were a small band of passionate and visionary individuals who were dedicated to challenge the sub-par levels of needlestick safety in North America healthcare – today our 700+ team partners with hundreds of hospitals including some of the nation’s leading healthcare systems such as Advent Health, Stanford Health, Inova, Advocate Aurora, Rush University and the British Columbia Healthcare System – we’ve come a long way, but we haven’t strayed from our roots – making healthcare safer.

 

If you’re interested in exploring what a hospital waste management program looks like with Daniels, we would love to connect with you with one of our expert team. We are confident in our ability to meet and exceed your expectations of reliability, quality, and savings all within a needs-based commercial structure, as well as introducing a new modern standard that sets new benchmarks in safety, cleanliness and infection control.

 

ASK FOR A CONSULTATION 

 

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Laura Wakelam

Laura Wakelam

Chief Marketing Officer

Brand and Communications Curator of Daniels Health global group of companies, Laura is a strong believer in cause-driven brand identity and honest storytelling