Sharpsmart Sharps Containers: Impact on Emissions & Injuries
Authors: Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
Publication: Inside Hospitals: "Apple of Their Eye" Infection Prevention, October 2011
What was the study?
The 12 month Before-After intervention study determined the effect of the Sharpsmart reusable sharps container system on greenhouse gas emissions and needlestick injuries at the 500 bed Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust Hospital.
What were the results?
The Sharpsmart sharps container system:
- Significantly reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 109.80 tons CO2eq per annum which equated to a 91% reduction in GHG from the facility's previous disposable sharps container system.
- Reduced landfilled waste by 13 tons of plastic and 1.3 tons of cardboard annually
- Eliminated container-associated Sharps Injuries
- Reduced sharps container and disposal costs
Ensured compliance with HTM 07-10 Safe Management of Healthcare Waste
Introducing Sharpsmart sharps containers has brought all aspects of point-of-use, sharps safety and sustainability together. There's a financial benefit with Sharpsmart."
Donna Jones, Facilities Manager