A 360 bed acute-care private hospital found their use of a 64 gallon bin posed issues with infection risk, staff injury risks, waste volumes, space and costs.
Furthermore, the facility was experiencing an increase in their medical waste costs due to poor waste segregation, and the current system was not compliant with state guidelines, and drew negative attention due to bin size, cleanliness and aesthetics.
The Daniels team evaluated the current medical waste practices at the facility to understand user-behavior, interview staff and understand all of the problems they were facing with the current system. After understanding current practices, the Daniels team then went into a more "deep-diving" analysis of what results were being produced with the current system. Conducting a thorough audit of the quantity and placement of bins and the volume of waste being generated out of each area of the facility, Daniels were able to understand what volumes of waste needed to be catered for in the introduction of a new containment solution. Furthermore, the Daniels team then conducted a series of waste audits on individual containers to better understand current segregation practices and be able to produce an effective plan to achieve better segregation within the facility.
The second aspect of the investigative stage prior to new solution rollout was to understand current inhibitors with current container placement and movement. What bins/containers were required at point-of-use care? Were there traffic challenges with service elevators or door widths for carts and bin movement? Were all current bin locations aligned to achieving the safest and most efficient results? The Daniels team mapped the movement of current practices and waste volumes being generated at each location, and identified any use/location issues where compliance could be called into question.
The third step was to do a 3-month trial rollout of Daniels Medismart medical waste system in one area of the hospital. Seeing results on small test group, the Daniels team were better able to understand unique facility practices, how accessories were being used, get real time user feedback, and compare segregation results with the new system.
Daniels implemented their flagship Medismart medical waste system throughout the entire facility. All 64 gallon bins that had previously been stored and transported from soiled utility rooms were removed from the facility and replaced with a Daniels Medismart container. The Medismart was rolled out not only in central department locations, but also in patient rooms as required.
Conversion to the Medismart system resulted in a significant decrease in medical waste mass and volume by 53.2% and 65.2% respectively. Medical waste disposal costs fell by 30.9%, labor costs were reduced by 69.2% and waste segregation improved throughout. The system showed an instant reduction in infection risk and sharps injury risk, was strongly preferred by users to the previous system and was found to be more space efficient and logistically superior. The Medismart system rollout eliminated all issues previously noted with the 64Gallon bin system.
"The study found that the use of a smaller 17Gallon linerless, reusable hospital wastebin system, through its design and operation, has the potential to reduce medical waste volumes, increase labor efficiencies, decrease costs, and minimize infection potential and sharps injury risk; all of which improve the quality of health care."