Medical & Biohazardous Waste Disposal in South Dakota
What do prehistoric woolly mammoths, herds of bison, native American Chiefs and their tribes, European explorers and legends of the Wild West all have in common? They all called the “Mount Rushmore State” home. Abundant with historical sites, national parks, stunning woodlands, underground caves and jaw-dropping vistas, the jewel of South Dakota is “Mount Rushmore.
Situated in the Black Hills region, more than 3 million people visit each year to marvel at the 60-foot granite faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, 4 great presidents who represented the birth, growth, development and preservation of America. Badlands National Park is a cornucopia of hills and pinnacles formed by sand and clay melding into one of the last remaining prairies in the US, Buffalo Gap National Park. Custer State Park has scenic drives via Iron Mountain Road, where you can see bison grazing and just north of Custer is the “Crazy Horse Memorial,” while still a work in progress, you can come face to face with Chief Standing Bear. Wind Cave National Park, north of Hot Springs is home to a rare karst cave system, its stunning “boxwork” structures can only be explored with a guided tour. History buffs can go back in time to the city of Deadwood and the Black Hills Gold Rush, visit Main Street or explore Broken Boot Gold Mine and the Mount Moriah Cemetery where “Wild Bill” Hickok was laid to rest.
While there’s no shortage of things to see and do in South Dakota, there is a massive shortage of healthcare workers. The South Dakota Department of Health predicts thousands of additional healthcare workers will be needed in the near future. To address this issue the “South Dakota Healthcare Workforce Center” has been established and is designed to develop and implement programs to assist individuals, agencies and facilities in their efforts to boost this sector. A growing healthcare industry produces medical and biohazardous waste, and in South Dakota the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and OSHA govern healthcare waste regulations. According to these regulations all medical waste must be stored appropriately and correctly labeled with “Infectious Waste,” “Medical Waste,” or the universal biohazard symbol, in a protected area using refrigeration where suitable to keep waste in a “non-putrescent ” state. All storage containers are required to be leak and moisture resistant, rigid and sealed during transport. Facilities are permitted to reuse containers as long as they have been disinfected and decontaminated. Waste treated off-site requires special permits for storage, transportation, and treatment.
Daniels Health is the industry leader in safety designed healthcare waste solutions
Cardboard boxes simply don’t cut it in the clinical environment from a viewpoint of safety, contamination or occupational risk, which is why we at Daniels have approached healthcare waste innovation a little differently than most. Daniels' range of safe, space-efficient and hands-free sharps, pharmaceutical, chemotherapy and regulated medical waste containers are designed to protect against injury risk, cross contamination, tampering and unauthorized access to disposed medications and oharmaceuticals. With solutions that achieve point-of-use mobility, odor reduction and multi-container mounting and movement, Daniels services many of America’s leading medical institutions including Stanford, Aurora, Adventist and Carolinas Health, whilst also offering scalable solutions for the full spectrum of diagnostic and treatment facilities.
Through locally provided education, collection, disposal, transport and treatment of all healthcare waste streams, Daniels partners with healthcare facilities to reduce costs, waste volumes and unnecessary labor and movement, whilst delivering a customized service that seamlessly compliments the main focus of healthcare facilities - patient care.
Daniels Health “Washsmart” system saves on containment costs, improves your environmental footprint and provides sanitation 4 times higher than required by the CDC.
All of our sharps and medical waste containers undergo a rigorous cleaning process by one of our ‘Washsmart’ tunnel washers, eliminating any BBP (blood borne pathogen) risk. Our 6-stage cleaning process combines a high-pressure cold flush, warm water washes and a hot final rinse with hospital-grade disinfectant to ensure ALL contamination is removed. Our robotic process enables hands-free, safe and thorough decontamination, which has been developed and tested to achieve a 6-Log reduction in microorganisms.
Our machines incorporate closed loop control systems for temperature and time with parametric release and monitored alarm systems that prevent a cycle from progressing if the cycle parameters are not attained. A visual inspection is carried out on all containers in conjunction with routine ATP swabbing and analysis to ensure our containers are cleaner than the acceptance criteria of the environments they are used in. With over 3 decades of experience we’re experts in the regulatory compliance and governance of transporting, housing and treating of medical waste and can partner with you to manage all of your waste needs.
Daniels Health understands the needs of healthcare facilities in South Dakota. Contact us and see how we can help your facility better manage your medical and biohazardous waste disposal.
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