What is Medical Waste Anyway?

What is Medical Waste Anyway?

Have you ever wondered what exactly Medical Waste is? Well, according to the Medical Waste Tracking Act of 1988 medical waste is defined as “any solid waste that is generated in the diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of human beings or animals, in research pertaining thereto, or in the production or testing of biologicals.

But what does that really mean? Medical waste can be defined as any potentially infectious waste that is generated at health care facilities such as hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, dentist offices, blood banks, funeral homes, even your vets’ office and tattoo parlors.

Examples of Medical Waste can include but are not limited to; blood soaked bandages, used surgical gloves, used needles, culture dishes and glass ware, swabs used to inoculate cultures, discarded lancets, and even removed body organs!

Now that you know what it is you are ready to package it!