[ES-Fire-EMS] Red Bag or Not to Red Bag
ppm at visi.net
Fri Apr 29 08:35:20 EDT 2005
April 28, 2005
TO: Eastern Shore EMS Agencies
PLEASE REVIEW WITH PERSONNEL & POST
ALL AMBULANCE PERSONNEL
- Drivers, Support, Students, Attendants, Etc.
In a recent departmental spot-check (JACHO ready?) the ER/ED was made aware
of the disposal of a red biohazard bag in the regular waste disposal
container provided for EMS. There are multiple federal regulations and
policies regarding medical waste, in which the hospital deals with for us.
A basic headache-free rule for EMS: Put the right items in the right
containers and the hospital will do the rest.
There are two waste disposal cans provided in the ER ambulance entrance for
REGULATED MEDICAL WASTE container is easily identified by its biohazard
label and is lined with a RED bag. A rule of thumb is if the item has
droppable, squeezable, or pourable blood or other body fluids or would be if
soaked during a transport then place these items in a red bag.
NON REGULATED WASTE (regular trash) is identified by a CLEAR-LINED bag. In
addition to regular paper and plastic items - mainly container wrappings,
other items that may be placed in the regular trash are:
Band-Aids and 2x2's/ 4x4's containing small amts. of blood or body fluids.
Suctions catheters, nasal cannulas/ O2 devices, NG tubes, diapers, tissues.
Empty suction canisters and/or tubing, empty IV solution bags and/or tubing
and empty bedpans and/or urinals.
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