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Sunday, December 14 2014
North Carolina And EBOLA Waste Disposal

EBOLA Disposal And North Carolina

Carolina Biohazard Disposal A Leading Provider For Waste Management

How can I get rid of EBOLA waste products in North Carolina?

How to get rid of Ebola waste from hospital settings and physicians’ offices. This is a very difficult question right now, Medical Waste transporters are not transporting this waste or are not allowed to transport Ebola waste because the Federal Government is not letting them, also could be insurance risk reasons not allowing a contractor to remove, transport and dispose of EBOLA waste in North Carolina.
If you have a patient with Ebola waste in North Carolina, you really have two (2) problems you are confronted with. 1) Successfully treating a patient with the Ebola Virus, all the while protecting your staff, other patients and visitors to your facility. 2) How to get rid of the aftermath of waste generated items, which is a lot more than normal patient care. Below is a great article on Ebola waste disposal and the process that all agencies are now working on, to facilitate the disposal of this deadly virus.

Many hospitals may not be aware of the Federal guidelines that prevent waste disposal contractors removing any waste products that may be contaminated with Ebola. Experts fear this could cause huge problems should Ebola get to the United States.

Emory University Hospital in Atlanta treated both the US missionaries that were infected with Ebola. Stericycle, their contracted waste removal company refused to remove anything that had been in contact with the patients, citing Federal regulations. With up to 40 bags of Ebola contaminated clinical waste a day being produced, staff at Emory had to use their own initiative to deal with the issue.

 Emory Hospital staff were dispatched to Home Depot and instructed to buy as many 32 gallon rubber waste barrels with lids as they could get their hands on. They then packed the waste into the barrels and kept them in a containment area for SIX DAYS until the problem was resolved. “Our waste management obstacles and the logistics we had to put in place were amazing,” Patricia Olinger, director of environmental health and safety at Emory, said in an interview. The CDC stepped in and eventually Stericycle removed the waste. The issue has occurred because of Department of Transport rules on how Category A clinical waste can be transported and who it can be transported by. Category A waste requires special packaging and those moving the waste, and transporting it has to have full Hazmat training. The CDC state there is no recommended packaging that is no packaging that is currently approved for transporting Ebola waste and this is what lead to Stericycle refusing to handle the waste materials.

 The Emory University Hospital was able to sterilize all the waste in a massive autoclave before handing it over to Stericycle for incineration…but very few hospitals have the ability to do this on site, which leads back to the transportation issues. “For this reason, it would be very difficult for a hospital to agree to care for Ebola cases – this desperately needs a fix,” said Dr Jeffrey Duchin, chair of the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Public Health Committee. Dr Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, an expert on public health preparedness at Pennsylvania State University, said there’s “no way in the world” that US hospitals are ready to treat patients with highly infectious diseases like Ebola. (My emphasis) The Department of Transport and The National Waste Recycling Association are in talks with the CDC in an attempt to resolve the situation but in the meantime both groups insist they are bound by the regulations. If two patients generate 40 bags a day of infectious waste you can imagine what 20 patients would generate, or 200. Learn how to better prepare for pandemics and other short and long term disasters. Or, purchase best-seller The Prepper’s Blueprint to have pertinent prepper information at your fingertips when you need it the most.

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