Iowa Medical Waste DisposalIowa is often in the news during election years because of its importance in the presidential caucuses, but there is more to the state than politics. Glenn Miller and John Wayne were both born in Iowa, and the state has a diverse economy that relies on manufacturing, processing, financial services, biotechnology and green technology. The largest cereal company in the world, Quaker Oats, is in Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines is a major city for the U.S. insurance industry. Davenport is known for its music festivals and Iowa City for it’s world-class graduate writing program and medical school at the University of Iowa. Iowa takes its infectious waste disposal seriously. Cyntox can help. Servicing all the major cities, Cyntox handles syringe management and other medical waste disposal in Iowa.
The State of Iowa Definition of Medical Waste:
In Iowa, infectious waste can potentially be considered a “special waste,” and is managed by the state’s solid waste department. Special waste is any industrial process waste, pollution control waste, or toxic waste which presents a threat to human health or the environment or a waste with inherent properties which make the disposal of the waste in a sanitary landfill difficult to manage. Infectious waste is waste that is infectious, including but not limited to the following:
- Contaminated sharps are all discarded sharp items derived from patient care in medical, research, or industrial facilities including glass vials containing materials defined as infectious, suture needles, hypodermic needles, scalpel blades, and Pasteur pipettes.
- Cultures and stocks of infectious agents are specimen cultures collected from medical and pathological laboratories, cultures and stocks of infectious agents from research and industrial laboratories, wastes from the production of biological agents, discarded live and attenuated vaccines, and culture dishes and devices used to transfer, inoculate or mix cultures.
- Blood and blood products.
- Pathological wastes are human tissues and body parts that are removed during surgery or autopsy.
Contaminated animal carcasses are wastes including carcasses, body parts and bedding of animals that were exposed to infectious agents during research, production of biologicals, or testing of pharmaceuticals.