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Motivate your Clinic Staff to Cooperate with Medical Waste Handling

Kevin Webber - Apr 16, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Managing the day-to-day operations of a medical clinic is no walk in the park, as any administrator or office manager knows only too well. There’s lots of moving parts to manage every day, and it’s your job to meld all of them into one, very well-oiled machine. Many of the tasks that make things move along smoothly are delegated to others, but in the end, if there are problems, responsibility for them comes straight back to you.

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Alabama Medical Waste Requirements: Key Points To Know

Kevin Webber - Apr 9, 2019 8:30:00 AM

If you're responsible for dealing with the collection, segregation, labeling, packaging, and disposal of medical waste, it's important that you fully understand Alabama's medical waste disposal regulations. 

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Chemotherapy Waste: Know Your D-List Details

Kevin Webber - Apr 4, 2019 9:25:24 AM

Is chemotherapy a medical waste, or is it managed as hazardous waste? Which container and labeling should you use? Proper disposal is one of the biggest day-to-day challenges you face. It's often complicated by other concerns like state and local regulations, HIPAA, and potential litigation exposure. 

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Medical Waste Management: About Record Keeping Requirements

Kevin Webber - Apr 2, 2019 8:43:14 AM

Medical facilities, ranging from small medical offices to large healthcare facilities, are regulated medical waste generators. That means that they are responsible for handling that waste responsibly and in compliance with federal and state regulations. Facilities are responsible for their medical waste from the time it is generated straight through until it is treated and is no longer hazardous to the public or the environment. This “cradle to grave” liability comes with strict rules on creating and keeping records of the medical waste management process. So what do you need to know about record keeping requirements to keep your practice/facility on the right side of those rules?

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Compliance Training For Medical Waste Generators: What You Need To Know

Kevin Webber - Mar 19, 2019 8:32:00 AM

For the administrator or office manager who is in charge of keeping all the medical waste management ducks in a row for her employer’s clinic or practice, keeping on top of employee medical waste compliance training is essential to that process. After all, failing to meet training requirements can have consequences. Poor training can endanger employees and the environment, and it can cost your employer dearly should a lapse in training standards result in citations and fines. So what do you need to know to ensure that everyone gets all the training they must have to keep your employer in line with federal and state requirements?

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Do You Know Where Your Medical Waste Ends Up?

Kevin Webber - Mar 15, 2019 11:16:45 AM

“Taking out the trash” is a lot less simple when it includes cast-off wound dressings, hypodermics used on patients with potentially infectious diseases, and tumors and other excised tissue. Different types of medical waste get handled according to their content and risk levels, but many people working in healthcare are unaware of what actually happens to the waste.

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Facility-Acquired Infections: Reduce Risk With Good Waste Disposal Procedures

Kevin Webber - Mar 12, 2019 10:37:20 AM

Facility-acquired infections are a big problem in healthcare circles, and preventing them is an issue that looms large for healthcare facilities – and not just for larger hospitals and nursing facilities. Small medical offices, clinics and other outpatient facilities must also be on guard against facility-acquired infections.

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Medical Waste Disposal: Small Mistakes Can Lead to Big Fines

Kevin Webber - Feb 28, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Medical waste disposal is serious business. Without its correct segregation, storage, containment, handling, and disposal, medical waste can potentially transmit infectious diseases or other hazardous risks to healthcare workers, the public, waste handlers, and the environment.

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Medical/Hazardous Waste: Yours Until It is Rendered Harmless

Kevin Webber - Feb 26, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Most healthcare teams are keenly aware of the threat posed to humans and the environment by medical and hazardous waste, which requires them to follow certain protocols for its disposal. What you may not realize, however, is that you remain accountable for your waste until the very end of its lifecycle. Called “cradle-to-grave,” this responsibility is one companies need to take very seriously.

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Pharmacies and Medical/Pharmaceutical Waste: What You Need To Know to Protect the Environment and Your Business 

Kevin Webber - Feb 22, 2019 8:29:00 AM

The average neighborhood pharmacy generates a good amount of medical and pharmaceutical waste, and the amount and types of waste they generate has been steadily increasing in recent years as their roles in their communities expand. While those roles were once largely limited to filling prescriptions and selling over-the-counter medications and other health-related merchandise, many are branching out to provide other services.

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