56.0 Medical Waste Disposal


Title of Manual: Specimen Collection

Version No: 1.0

Title: Medical Waste/Sharps Disposal

Effective Date: 12/20/10
Revised Date: 06/23/14

Document #: GPA.SPC.56.0


I. PURPOSE

Medical waste by definition is Blood, Body Fluids in individual containers, Microbiological Waste, used needles and pathological Waste that has not been treated by a decontamination procedure. The OSHA bloodborne pathogen standard requires that the entire unit, composed of a sharp with engineered sharps injury protection attached to a blood tube holder, be immediately discarded into an approved puncture resistant sharps container after the device’s safety feature is activated.

The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard prohibits contaminated needles and other contaminated sharps from being bent, resheathed, recapped, or removed, unless the employer demonstrates that no alternative is feasible or that such action is required by a specific medical or dental procedure. The entire assemble should be discarded as a unit into an approved puncture-resistant sharps container.

This is to be performed by all personnel who are authorized and trained to perform phlebotomy.

II. MATERIALS

Reagents

Supplies

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III. PROCEDURE

1. Blood and body fluids which are not stored in a secured area restricted to authorized personnel prior to
    offsite transportation shall be packaged in accordance with regulated waste packaging requirements or in
    a container suitable for sharps.
2. Medical Waste shall not be compacted.
3. All medical waste is collected in either a red biohazard bag or a red sharps container.
4. Blood, blood products and microbiological waste and sharps are disposed of in a biohazard bag.
5. Dispose of all sharps into an approved puncture resistant container. When this container is ¾ full or less
    replace the sharps container. Dispose of used sharps container into a biohazard box supplies by Stericycle
    for pickup.
6. Bloody or soiled gauze can be disposed of into regular trash. If the gauze is dripping with blood this is considered biohazard and must be disposed of into a biohazard container.

IV. QUALITY CONTROL

1. So You’re Going to Collect a Blood Specimen, An Introduction to Phlebotomy, CAP Press, Frederick L.
    Kieshel 13th edition

V. CALCULATIONS/CALIBRATION

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VI. INTERPRETATIONS

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VII. METHOD PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS

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VIII. REFERENCES

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IX. RELATED DOCUMENTS

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X. DOCUMENT HISTORY

X - MINOR REVISION
(Laboratory Director’s Signature on Original Subsequent Document Attached)

MAJOR REVISION
(Requires Laboratory Director & Department Director Signature - where applicable)

Reason for Change

02/10/14 New Document Control Format

06/23/14 Moved procedure to
Specimen Collection Manual



Laboratory Director

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Natalie Depcik-Smith, MD
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Department Director

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Robert M. Gay, M.D.
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