Medical & Biohazardous Waste Disposal in Oklahoma
The “Sooner State” is a picturesque juxtaposition of rolling green hills to the east and golden, flat plains to the west. Peppered by lakes, rivers and small towns, which epitomize Oklahoma’s charm.
With strong ties to the old west, today Oklahoma is a mix of history and modernism with oilrigs and red soil co-existing with cosmopolitan cities brimming with modern, galleries and museums. However to truly explore this state, nothing beats a road trip on America’s most iconic highway - Route 66 and depending on the time of year, there will always be a town along the way with something to do or see. Oklahomans love to celebrate, playing host to festivals and events that attract visitors from all over the US and the world. The “Dogwood Days Festival” happens every spring in Idabel, to celebrate the pink and white blooms of thousands of dogwood trees and in April Muskogee comes alive with the annual “Azalea Festival.” Indie music lovers flock to Norman for the “Norman Music Festival,” featuring over 100 live bands and music acts, Pryor hosts “Rocklahoma” a hard rock music festival and for bucking broncos don’t miss the “Bartlesville Round-Up Club” rodeo.
Foodies can feast at the “Fried Onion Burger Day Festival” in El Reno, while watching a 750 lb. burger being made or “Oktoberfest” in Tulsa, which has been named as one of the top 10 places in the world to celebrate this event outside of Germany. For families the “Festival of Light” is popular during the holidays, where 3 million lights illuminate the Shannon Springs Park in Chickasha or the “Christmas Kingdom” in Castleton Village where you can take a pony ride or make your own Christmas ornament in Santa’s Workshop. The capital, Oklahoma City plays host to the “The Oklahoma State Fair,” drawing over 1 million people each September for its food and festivities. Equally as popular is the “Gazette Halloween Parade.”
The city also attracts a different type of visitor; it is now considered a “medical tourist destination,” thanks to a different method of healthcare delivery, one that advocates the practice of “free market” medicine. A natural by-product of the healthcare system is medical waste. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma State Department of Health and OSHA oversee this waste. According to their regulations, anything containing an “etiologic agent,” or “infectious substance” is to be treated as medical waste. Storage of medical waste follows OSHA’s federal regulations, given Oklahoma doesn’t have its own specific requirements. When it comes to sharps, all facilities are required to use FDAapproved sharps disposal containers to reduce the risk of needlesticks and punctures.
For hospitals, the Oklahoma State Department of Health states an “Infection Control Program” must be in place to safeguard their sanitary environment while mitigating the source or transmission of infection, part of this program should clearly state:
Management of waste streams
Removal and disposal procedures of medical waste
Daniels understands the complexity of safe sharps and medical waste management in a fast paced hospital and intensive OR environment. Surgismart is the new frontier in surgical sharps deposition.
We recognize a clinical environment requires a clinical solution to minimize infection risk and maximize safety. Daniels' customized surgical medical waste disposal solutions are designed to optimize multi-waste stream segregation in large clinics and hospitals. Surgismart is the latest innovation in sharps disposal, designed with a full access opening for disposing large and bulky sharps and surgical instruments. These containers are fitted with secure safety locks and foot pedals for hand-free access. Let us work with you to ensure your “Infection Control Program” is optimized, from our Surgismart container solutions, right through to the pick up and disposal of your medical waste streams.
Daniels Health understands the needs of healthcare facilities in Oklahoma. Contact us and see how we can help your facility better manage your medical and biohazardous waste disposal.
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