The operating room is a fluid-rich environment. Blood and other bodily fluids are highly regulated biohazards that can place staff at risk of contamination. This section provides information on methods for fluid waste management and an overview of the regulatory issues surrounding the disposal of these fluids.
Healthcare facilities create a tremendous amount of waste that includes solid, fluid and often biohazardouse medical waste. This waste also has a higher potential to cause infection and injury than the waste in any other industry. This program discusses current practices in fluid waste management, recommended guidelines for safe disposal of fluid medical waste and offers safe and reliable methods for healthcare waste handling to protect healthcare workers and patients.
Authors: M Horn, RN, CNS, N Patel, MBA, M MacLellan, MBA, N Millard, BBioMed (Hons), MMedSci
Exposure to blood and body fluids is a major concern to health care professionals working in operating rooms (ORs). Thus, it is essential that hospitals use fluid waste management systems that minimise risk to staff, while maximising efficiency.
Author: Rita Patel, MBA
A study was done comparing the Neptune Waste Management System to fluid collection in suction canister, the method currently used at the Hopsital for Special Surgery.