Clinical Waste Essay

721 words - 3 pages

“…a waste which consists wholly or partly of human or animal tissue, blood or other bodily fluids,
excretions, drugs or other pharmaceutical products, swabs, or dressings, syringes or other sharp
instruments, being waste which unless rendered safe may prove hazardous to any person
coming into contact with it…’
“…any other waste arising from medical, nursing, dental, veterinary, pharmaceutical or similar
practice, investigations, treatment, care, teaching or research, or the collection of blood for
transfusion, being made waste which may cause infection to any person coming into contact with
The Trust recognises that within this waste stream there are several types ...view middle of the document...

The Trust policy also requires all anatomical waste to be identified by placing
Trust supplied anatomical tape on each container/bag.

Infectious Waste Contaminated With Cytotoxic/Cytostatic Waste
Within certain wards and departments
Cytotoxic/Cytostatic infectious waste can be
generated which must be segregated from
other clinical waste streams. Where possible if
the material is not sharp or attached to a sharp
it should be placed in a yellow bag with a
purple stripe.
The reason for this is that this type of waste
must be disposed of at higher incineration
temperatures than normally generated to
ensure all the toxic material is destroyed.
From a handling perspective, all employees must be aware of the risks involved
with cytotoxic material.

Infectious Waste – Suitable for Alternative
Technology Disposal
The Trust has introduced the ‘Orange’ bag as
the primary package for general infectious
clinical waste. This replaces the yellow bag
which has been historically used for this type of
material. This waste stream is for any clinical
waste that clinicians deem to have an
infectious risk.
The use of this waste stream should be based
on the patients known medical history and the
risk of any infectious material being present in the waste. Any waste that is not

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