Preventing Sharps Container Supply Shortages
Updated as of: April 7, 2021
Originally posted: January 1, 2021
Due to disposable sharps container shortages - the CDC recently released Strategies for Sharps Disposal Container Use During Supply Shortages for Managers and Purchasers. Reusable sharps containers were the only strategy that didn't introduce additional risk to the staff and patients.
While this disposable container shortage is an added stressor to our healthcare workers, it also presents an opportunity to pursue safer sharps containers that are built to eliminate container-related sharps injuries.
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In the strategies mentioned by the CDC, they state:
Consider using reusable FDA-cleared sharps disposal containers. These can be reused after being picked up, processed, and disinfected by a regulated medical waste removal service according to state and local regulations.
01 / How Daniels Health can ensure you don't experience the same supply chain issues you're experiencing with disposable sharps containers
Fortunately, our approach towards healthcare waste management has always been built on reusable medical waste containment systems. This means we completely eliminate the need for disposable sharps containers, purchase dependency and month to month replenishment.
Modernizing your healthcare waste management strategy to a reusable sharps container will impact:
- Your Safety: The Sharpsmart container is proven to reduce container-related injuries by up to 87%!
- Your Sustainability: Switching to a reusable sharps container helps eliminate tons of single-use plastic from landfill each year
- Your Peace of Mind: As all Daniels Health containers are manufactured in the US, and reusable, we have a closed-loop supply chain that eliminates many of the risks healthcare providers find with disposable containers. Not to mention, with a reusable system your facility is given the appropriate number of containers for your needs and you never have to worry about ordering stock.
In using Sharpsmart, you would be joining the ranks of several healthcare system trailblazers like Stanford Health, AdventHealth, and Inova.
02 / We were ready for COVID-19 and we are ready for this challenge now
The last year has been unprecedented, unplanned, and unimaginable. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all very cognizant of current supply chain shortages in many areas of life. However, our team has come together to safeguard our operations, onboarding, and service to meet these surges of product and service needs from our healthcare partners.
All of our reusable containment systems are manufactured stateside and we have reinforced our stock for any influx bought on by both COVID-19 treatment as well as COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Our forward-preparation for cementing services and supply has also enabled us to provide fast and flexible setups of new sites. Across the last 12 months, we have supported not only our current customers with uninterrupted services, but also extended waste pickups and container supply to non-customers that were struggling with their current vendor in these unprecedented times.
To put it simply, we have the means and the solutions for safe reliable sharps disposal – and we are ready to help you. All you have to do is reach out to us.
Sharpsmart reusable sharps containers allow you to implement that strategy. Not only are Daniels' containers FDA-cleared, but they are also completely tamperproof and robotically sanitized after each use. If you are currently impacted by the container shortage and require a reusable option now:
03 / How to reach out to Daniels Health if you are experiencing supply chain issues with your disposable sharps containers
Allow a Daniels Health team member to explore our reusable sharps waste containers solutions with you and identify where we can eliminate your supply chain challenges. We understand that no two healthcare providers are the same – which is why each of our team members is trained to provide waste consultations that support development of a healthcare waste management strategy bespoke to your needs.
If you’re not quite ready to reach out and want to do more research on us, please explore:
- our case-studies
- our premium healthcare waste containment systems
- and our latest blog on how we played a part in the global COVID-19 vaccine rollout
To see a demo video of our Sharpsmart in action, click here.