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Bio-Medical Waste Solutions

Bio-medical waste refers to any liquid or solid waste generated by the diagnosis, immunization, research, or treatment of humans or animals. This kind of waste is hazardous for two primary reasons: infectivity and toxicity.

Among others, this classification includes human anatomical waste, animal waste, discarded medicine, incineration ash, and chemical wastes. Here is the categorization used by biomedical waste management:

•    Yellow for animal anatomical waste, soiled waste, discarded or expired medicine, chemical waste, discarded beddings, and clinical laboratory waste.
•    Red for contaminated waste such as bottles, tubing, catheters, syringes, gloves, and urine bags.
•    White for sharp waste like needles, tip cutter needles, and scalpels.
•    Blue for broken or discarded glass and metallic body implants.

The medical facility must ensure that classification and segregation take place. After this, it is time to wait for collection and transportation. It is of utmost importance to use the right containers to prevent toxicity and infectivity during these processes.

In the same vein, it is imperative to provide and use the appropriate protective gear to avoid untoward accidents and injuries while handling bio-medical waste. It is the responsibility of the hospital to ensure that the waste is disposed of properly.