Biomedical Waste Removal: How Ebola is changing the way we think about waste

Courtesy: Microbeonline.com

Courtesy: Microbeonline.com

The recent news of two healthcare workers in Dallas, Texas contracting the Ebola virus from a patient has sent shockwaves and fear across the country. The Centers for Disease Control blames the lack of protective gear and training involved for the spread and since has enacted a more stringent protocol for those in medical community.

Ebola is changing the way we think about biomedical waste removal and disposal

In the New York Times article, Changes to Ebola Protection Worn by U.S. Hospital Workers they explain removing the layers of protective clothing is difficult, and many health officials have identified this process as a likely cause of infection. Even though most in the medical community are aware of the strict guidelines regarding disposal and waste, never has it felt like a “life or death” situation – until now.

According to the CDC, Ebola is contracted through direct contact with the bodily fluids (blood, urine, vomit, etc.) of a  patient showing these symptoms. They recommend personnel to wear the personal protective equipment (PPE) which includes gloves, gowns, eye protection and face masks.

Properly disposing and removing of these items has become critical in limiting the spread of the disease.

There are new changes to the Ebola protection worn by U.S. hospital works with regards to:

  1. Gloves
  2. Face Shield
  3. Gown
  4. Mask

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Should you have questions regarding your biomedical waste removal plan, service, compliance or gear contact the experts at Universal Waste Management toll free at 855-27MYBIO (69246) and they will be happy to assist you.

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