Use a digital checklist for hospital waste management to carry it out efficiently and following the guidelines.
A waste monitoring checklist is used to check your medical waste management’s compliance with set standards.Download template
Hospital waste management, also known as medical waste management, includes hospital waste that can be described as infectious, chemical, expired pharmaceutical and radioactive and sharp objects. A efficient hospital waste management is of high importance for hospitals, as medical waste can be pathogenic and hazardous to the environment. Failure to comply with regulations can have serious consequences, such as health hazards, fines or damage to the reputation of the health care institution.
Medical waste can be hazardous, toxic and even lethal. If not properly managed by the hospital, they pose a serious risk to people and the environment. This includes, for example, the transmission of diseases, environmental pollution and poisoning.
To make hospital waste disposal safe and sustainable, the following 3 practices should be followed:
Each state or country has different regulations when it comes to medical waste. These regulations should be known, and relevant updates followed to ensure that medical facilities can comply with them. Training, courses and other resources help staff to implement proper waste management in the hospital.
Waste disposal in hospitals can be divided into different types, each requiring a different method of disposal. Separation ensures that each type is properly disposed of, transported and destroyed. Coding helps to avoid major health problems caused by mislabelled medical waste.
A coding scheme for medical waste may be as follows:
A-waste: House-like commercial waste
This waste can be disposed of in a normal residual waste container and does not pose any particular risk of infection. However, ensure that the container can be closed.
B-waste: waste containing blood, secretions or excrements
Here it is important to take protective measures within the hospital to avoid the spread of pathogens.
C-waste: Infectious waste
In order to avoid the spread of communicable diseases, this waste must under no circumstances be tipped over. This can avoid the risk of aerosol formation.
D-waste: waste requiring monitoring (e.g. chemicals)
Environmentally hygienic waste must be disposed of as hazardous waste. It should be remembered that they are stored in rooms that have no access to the public sewerage system.
E-waste: Ethical waste, such as body parts or tissue residues
These substances must be disposed of in liquid-tight containers. It is possible to treat smaller quantities as class C waste. Special incineration plants then carry out collective incineration.
The success of a waste management system can be measured with a monitoring tool that can be easily integrated into the workflow. Inspections of all waste management processes should be carried out regularly. This includes separation and collection up to and including storage, transport and disposal itself. Digital checklists are a suitable monitoring tool that can be used easily and efficiently. Employees who use them can do more things in less time. Digital checklists also help to ensure that daily, weekly and monthly tasks are completed on time.
With a digital hospital waste checklist, you can easily perform regular checks via tablet or smartphone - online or offline. With the desktop software, you create checklists for monitoring medical waste and then evaluate the collected data. For example, you can directly identify disposal problems and resolve incidents up to four times faster.
The flexible form construction kit makes it possible to create new individual checklists at any time and to adapt them again and again.
Lumiform’s excellent 24/5 support will reliably answer all your questions about the app when you need assistance using the tool.
The Lumiform App ensures that the schedule is kept. All employees receive notifications about the procedure and due dates. Managers automatically receive notifications when assignments are overdue and problems have occurred.
Keep an eye on your schedule and use the information to identify opportunities to increase your efficiency.
The data you collect from inspections is collected under the analysis tab. Here you can access all data and view your performance reports broken down by time, location and department. This helps you quickly identify causes and problems so you can fix them as quickly as possible.
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