Hospital Waste Management Benefits
Why Are We the Experts in Medical Waste Disposal in Kentucky
Our 30 Years Experience
DMI Solutions inc is a family-owned business that has over 30 years of experience in the waste disposal industry. Our attention to detail and client-focused approach puts people over profit while offering the best solutions and services. When it comes to waste disposal, we’re the ones to count on in Kentucky.
Our Commitment to All Size Businesses
At DMI Solutions inc, we understand that every healthcare provider has a different set of requirements and volume of waste to dispose of. That’s why our services are equipped to handle small practices or large hospitals. We have the means and expertise to dispose of your waste from collection to destruction.
Our In-house Autoclave
A vital step in waste disposal is making sure that the waste is sanitized and safe for destruction, incineration, or going to the landfill. At DMI Solutions inc, we take waste disposal seriously. That’s why our in-house autoclave runs at 275 degrees with 35 psi steady pressure. Waste processed this way is safe for further disposal.
Our Responsive Customer Service
From the first consultation to the many meetings after – we make it our priority to offer our clients the best waste disposal services and to build lasting relationships. Our team is always available via mail and phone for any queries or updates. We strive to give your company the personal attention it requires.
Our Dedication to Waste Awareness
At DMI Solutions inc, we believe that waste awareness leads to fewer hospital-acquired infections, injuries, and better segregation. That’s why, as part of our waste disposal services, we send experts to train your employees. Knowing the best practices, laws, etc., helps clients avoid OSHA, legal, and compliance violations.
Our Commitment to Privacy
We take HIPAA compliance very seriously and believe that confidentiality must be protected. That’s why we provide the best and low-cost document shredding services for all your sensitive paperwork. DMI Solutions inc goes one step ahead and offers special 32-gallon size lockable storage bins to dispose of your private documents.
Our Certifications For Waste Disposal
DMI Solutions inc has all the required certifications from the DEA to accept, transport, and dispose of pharmaceuticals (non-narcotic and non-RCRA). Apart from that, we ensure that all our paperwork and processes are up to code because we believe in offering the best waste disposal services that are consistent with Kentucky’s regulations.
Our Quality Containers
Regulation-specific’ sharps containers’ and ‘red bags’ are very important when segregating and disposing of medical waste. We at DMI Solutions inc supply these clearly marked bins and materials to our clients to make the disposal system an easy process. Additionally, our containers comply with DOT regulations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: What are the different types of pharmaceutical waste?
Here are the main categories under pharmaceutical waste. 1. Solid Pharmaceuticals - needles, gloves, IV bags, etc. 2. Liquid Pharmaceuticals - sludge from manufacturing plants, solvents from tank cleaning, etc. 3. Hazardous Pharmaceuticals - dioxins, methanol, leachates from multiple sources, etc. 4. Characteristic Hazardous waste - D list waste that can ignite, be corrosive, reactive, and toxic. 5. Acute Hazardous waste - nicotine, arsenic trioxide, etc. 6. Non-hazardous waste - over-the-counter medications, contraceptives, capsules, etc.
Q2: How to properly dispose of Non-RCRA pharmaceutical waste?
Every country has its own laws. However, Non-RCRA pharmaceutical waste is typically incinerated or sent to landfills. Both liquid and solid waste are sent to landfills, based on the directives of the local health administration or local municipality. However, some non-hazardous liquid waste is disposed of in sewage lines in small quantities.
Q3: Is veterinary medical waste considered infectious waste?
Yes, waste from animal clinics can be considered infectious waste. According to the World Health Organization's definition, any 'waste contaminated with blood and other bodily fluids, cultures and stocks of infectious agents from laboratory work, or waste from patients in isolation wards and equipment' is considered infectious waste.
Q4: How is Veterinary medical waste disposed of?
Similar to human hospitals, veterinary clinics use the same procedure for waste disposal. Waste must be segregated. 'Sharps containers' collect used needles, IV bags, etc., and 'red bags' collect other hazardous waste. After segregation, the waste goes through autoclaving to ensure it's sterilized before further disposal or incineration.
Q5: How do needles get safely disposed of?
After being segregated into the 'Sharps container,' all needle waste goes through a disinfection process and then an encapsulation process before it's sent to the landfills. Disinfection ensures that the waste is not contagious or hazardous. The encapsulation method secures the needles in a material that hardens around them to prevent them from causing accidental harm.
Q6: Can Needles be Recycled?
Although most needles are made from recycled materials, they cannot be recycled. Due to its contact with blood and bodily fluids, it is considered infectious waste and therefore disposed of accordingly. Additionally, needles take a long time to biodegrade, as they are typically made from a mixture of plastic materials. Therefore, needles have to be correctly disposed of to avoid environmental and contamination impacts.
Q7: Do dental clinics have ‘red bag’ or biohazard waste?
After dental surgery, gauze soaked in blood or saliva constitutes as biowaste or biohazard waste. Therefore, dental clinics also have biohazard waste that must be disposed of in a proper manner. Although dental clinics do not generate biohazard waste in the volumes as hospitals do, it is still mandatory for waste to be segregated and properly disposed of.
Q8: What are some types of dental medical waste?
Here are a few common types of waste produced in a dental clinic: 1. Amalgam - metals boded with mercury. This waste requires special disposal to avoid contamination to groundwater. 2. Bloody gauze - used during dental surgery 3. Sterilizing chemical and disinfectants - used on dental equipment 4. Sharps - needles, scalpels, etc.
Q9: What are the main types of medical waste?
In the UK, there are two main categories of medical waste known as hazardous and non-hazardous waste. However, in Kentucky and the rest of the world, medical waste is broken down into four types: 1. General - paper, food waste, etc., - mostly household and office waste, 2. Infectious - waste in contact with blood or bodily fluid. 3. Hazardous - waste that is dangerous but is not infectious. 4. Radioactive - waste from radioactive treatments.
Q10: How is Medical Waste Disposed of?
Each country has its own set of guidelines for the disposal of medical waste. However, medical waste is first treated through autoclave processes to sterilize it before further removal. Once it's safe for disposal, medical waste is either shredded, incinerated, or sent to landfills.