MANAGEMENT OF INFECTIOUS
WASTE
BUMEDINST 6280.1A
By: HMC(FMF/SW) GLASPIE
Management of
Infectious Waste
1. Purpose: To provide minimal standards for the
management of infectious waste at Navy med...
Guidelines For
Management of Infectious
Waste
Noninfectious waste:
• Items determined to be noninfectious waste can be tre...
Guidelines For
Management of Infectious
Waste
Infectious waste:
• Infectious waste is liquid or solid waste containing pat...
Guidelines For Management of
Infectious Waste
Segregation:
• Separate infectious waste from noninfectious waste at its poi...
Guidelines For Management of
Infectious Waste
Packing and Handling:
• Sharps containers shall be placed in a second contai...
Management of Infectious Waste
• Storage: Limit storage without refrigeration to 7
days, except in States with stricter re...
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ANSWERS
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Naval Medical Center Portsmouth is a military treatment facility serving active duty service members, their dependents and retirees in the Hampton Roads community of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.

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BUMEDINST 6280.1, Management of Infectious Waste

  1. 1. MANAGEMENT OF INFECTIOUS WASTE BUMEDINST 6280.1A By: HMC(FMF/SW) GLASPIE
  2. 2. Management of Infectious Waste 1. Purpose: To provide minimal standards for the management of infectious waste at Navy medical and dental treatment facilities 2. Background: Waste from patients diagnosis, treatment, or immunization may be subdivided into two categories: Infectious and noninfectious waste
  3. 3. Guidelines For Management of Infectious Waste Noninfectious waste: • Items determined to be noninfectious waste can be treated as general waste, using accepted methods of collection, storage, transport, and disposal • Examples are: personal hygiene products such as diapers, facial tissue, and sanitary napkins. Absorbent materials, not including waste from isolation rooms, containing very small amounts of blood or other body fluids.
  4. 4. Guidelines For Management of Infectious Waste Infectious waste: • Infectious waste is liquid or solid waste containing pathogens in sufficient numbers and of sufficient virulence. Examples are: • Sharps, including hyperemic needles, syringes, scalpel blades, suture needles, pasteur pipettes, specimen slides, cover slips, glass petri plates, and broken glass contaminated with potentially infectious material. • Microbiology wastes from cultures and stocks containing microbes that, due to their species, type, virulence, or concentration are known to cause disease in humans. • Liquid or semi-liquid blood or other potentially infectious body fluids including semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, pleural fluid, amniotic fluid, and etc. Pathological wastes, including human tissue and organs, amputated limbs or other body parts
  5. 5. Guidelines For Management of Infectious Waste Segregation: • Separate infectious waste from noninfectious waste at its point of origin. Infectious waste shall be placed in containers labeled with universal biohazard symbol and word ”BIOHARZARD” or be red in color. • Plastic bags should be sufficient quality and thickness so that only one bag is needed for most situations. Bags shall be labeled or color coded (RED!!!) • Place sharps into rigid, puncture resistant sharps containers which are labeled or color coded. Never clip, cut, bend, or recap needles or overfill containers. Sharps containers need to be replaced when 75% filled
  6. 6. Guidelines For Management of Infectious Waste Packing and Handling: • Sharps containers shall be placed in a second container plastic bag or rigid box) which is labeled or color coded • Minimize human exposure to infectious waste during transport to treatment or storage areas • Place all anatomical pathology waste into double-wall boxes or rigid containers that are double-lined with plastic bags • Blood, suctioned fluids, or other potentially infectious waste may be decanted into clinical sinks (not hand washing sinks) unless this practice is prohibited by State or local regulations • Bulk blood and other potentially infectious liquid waste which cannot be safely decanted (e.g., pleurovacs and hemovacs) shall be placed into rigid containers that are double-lined with plastic bags for transport and incineration
  7. 7. Management of Infectious Waste • Storage: Limit storage without refrigeration to 7 days, except in States with stricter requirements • The universal biohazard symbol and the word “BIOHARZARD” shall be clearly visible on the outside of the storage area • Transporting: Place infectious waste into rigid, leak- proof containers before transporting off-site. • Training: All employees with occupational exposure to infectious waste shall receive training at the time of initial assignment to task an annually thereafter
  8. 8. QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

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