Most people will notice problems with a medical waste management system when they see it. Proper disposal of regulated medical refuse is essential for maintaining a safe, efficient healthcare environment. A well-planned medical waste management program can make sure that both patients and healthcare providers are not concerned about the safe disposal of medical debris.
Safe and efficient workplaces
Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, healthcare practitioners (HCPs), are now under more stress than ever. Nearly four out of four providers said that the pandemic had negatively affected their work safety. Stericycles 2021 Healthcare Workplace Safety Trend Report. More than 70% are exhausted and burnt out according to the survey respondents. Survey respondents also indicated that staff turnover has increased between 5% and 7%. 18% and 30% in key clinical departments.
Hospitals and health system must show a commitment to a safe, efficient and healthy working environment in order for them to be able to tackle these issues. The healthcare industry partners focused on innovation during the pandemic to create new solutions that support providers and health systems and allow them to concentrate on the patient. These partners, such as Stericycle should be partnered with healthcare organizations to make their work safer and more efficient.
It is possible to make a significant difference in the waste management of HCPs and their workplace environments by making an effort to improve it.
Integration of waste management into hospital workflows
Hospitals and healthcare organizations can run more efficiently and more effectively if they have a responsible and safe management of regulated medical rubbish. Stericycles found that 93% of respondents to the survey said that they believe that medical waste management is an integral part of their day-to-day operations.
Stericycle has developed a new line to meet customer needs. SafeShield medical waste containersAvailable in various sizes to fit into existing hospital and provider workflows.
Cupron is a copper-based antimicrobial protection agent that protects containers from bacteria, fungi. They have an integrated lid, which closes securely to prevent lid misplacement. SafeShieldTMContainers can also be reusable which can help healthcare organisations that use single-use containers positively impact our environment by reducing landfill waste.
Show healthcare workers you care about the planet
HCPs also take into consideration the environmental impact of medical waste. The increasing amount of healthcare waste generated by COVID-19 patients has led to an increase in their environmental impact. Further pressureHospitals should reduce the environmental impact of their waste. According to the Stericycle report, 54% of HCPs polled believe their organization is doing enough for the environment to reduce the negative impact of improper biohazardous waste management.
Stericycle is committed in helping to reduce environmental impacts. SafeShieldTMContainers are reusable, stackable, nestable, and stackable. This makes them easier to store, transport, and clean. These containers are strong and can withstand heavy loads. Stericycle will be recycling decommissioned containers as part of its new product line.
All of these features are great for HCPs and healthcare organizations, but most importantly, for patients.
Improve the patient experience
Waste management is an integral part of the patient experience. It is also a key focus area as HCPs transition to value-based healthcare. Patients expect to find a clean and healthy environment whenever they visit a healthcare facility. Patients will notice if a waste management system is not working properly.
Patient experience is more than the environment. Healthcare workers will spend less time cleaning up and organizing their environment to make it safe for patients. The better the experience HCPs can offer, the more they can direct their attention to patients.
Administrators prioritize medical waste management so clinicians don’t have the burden of spending precious time and effort doing the same. This can make healthcare workers and patients safer and cleaner.