Arkansas Medical Waste DisposalThere’s a reason Arkansas is known as “The Natural State.” If you love being by the water, Arkansas has over 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers. The state also hosts six national park sites, including the Hot Springs National Park, made famous by Franklin D. Roosevelt and other notable visitors, as well as 50 state parks. There are two-and-a half million acres of national forests in the state. Fayetteville is known for its beautiful gardens and Conway is great for sport fishing, with the largest man-made Game and Fish commission lake in the United States. Help keep Arkansas free of biomedical waste by contacting Cyntox for your biomedical waste management needs. Cyntox handles medical waste disposal in Arkansas – from clinical waste collection to syringe disposal.
The State of Arkansas Definition of Medical Waste:
Medical waste is waste from a generator or a health care related facility which, if improperly treated, handled, or disposed of may serve to transmit an infectious disease and which includes the following:
- Pathological waste. All human unfixed tissues, organs and anatomical parts, other than intact skin, which emanate from surgeries, obstetrical procedures, dental procedures, autopsies and laboratories. Such waste shall be exclusive of bulk formaldehyde and other preservative agents.
- Liquid or semi-liquid blood such as human blood, human blood components and/or products made from human blood (e.g., serum, plasma) and other potentially infectious materials, to include regulated human body fluids such as semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, synovial fluid, peritoneal fluid, amniotic fluid, saliva in dental procedures, any body fluid that is visibly contaminated with blood and all body fluids where it is difficult or impossible to differentiate between body fluids, not to include urine or feces, which cannot be discharged into the collection system of a publicly owned treatment works (POTW) within the generating facility.
- Contaminated items to include dressings, bandages, packings, gauze, sponges, wipes, personal protective equipment, cotton rolls and balls, etc., which cannot be laundered or disinfected and from which blood, blood components, or regulated body fluids drip freely, or that would release blood or regulated body fluids in a liquid or semi-liquid state if compressed or are caked with dried blood or regulated body fluids and all capable of releasing these materials during handling.
- Contaminated disposable, single-use gloves such as surgical or examination gloves shall not be washed or decontaminated for reuse and are to be handled as a contaminated item.
- Protective coverings such as plastic wrap and aluminum foil used to cover equipment and environmental surfaces when removed following their contamination are considered a contaminated item.
- All patient care items from hospital isolation rooms and end-stage renal dialysis units, or from patients with communicable diseases, which cannot be laundered and which are contaminated with regulated body fluids or blood or potential infectious material, must be considered a contaminated item.
- Microbiological waste which includes, but is not limited to, cells and tissue cultures, culture medium or other solutions and stocks of infectious agents, organ cultures, culture dishes, devices used to transfer, inoculate and mix cultures, paper and cloth which has come in contact with specimens or cultures and discarded live vaccines
- Contaminated sharps which includes, but is not limited to, any contaminated object that can penetrate the skin, e.g., hypodermic needles, intravenous tubing with needles attached, syringes with attached needles, razor blades used in surgery, scalpel blades, Pasteur pipettes, capillary tubes, broken glass from laboratories, and dental wires. (Potential breakable container(s) of blood, regulated body fluid, microbiological waste, or infectious material must be treated as contaminated sharps when disposed of.