Louisiana Medical Waste DisposalCrawfish pie, shrimp po boys, Mardi Gras and jazz– these are just some of the images that come to mind when you think of Louisiana. Instead of counties, Louisiana has parishes, and it’s the only state in the country with a large population of Cajuns. Sometimes called “Hollywood South,” Louisiana has the third largest film industry in the U.S. Metairie is home to the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway–at 24 miles it’s the longest bridge over water in the world. The capital, Baton Rouge, sits on the banks of the Mississippi River and Lake Charles waterways are clean enough to fish in. Louisiana residents rely on their clean waterways for fresh seafood and outdoor fun. Contact Cyntox for medical waste disposal in Louisiana and safe sharps disposal.
The State of Louisiana Definition of Medical Waste:
Potentially infectious medical waste is the term used most extensively throughout the state health regulations. Potentially infectious medical waste includes:
- Cultures and stocks of infectious agents and associated biologicals, including cultures from medical and pathological laboratories, from research and industrial laboratories.
- Human pathological wastes including tissue, organs, body parts and fluids that are removed during surgery or autopsy.
- Human blood, human blood products, blood collection bags, tubes and vials.
- Sharps used or generated in health care or laboratory settings.
- Bandages, diapers, “blue pads,” and other disposable materials if they have covered infected wounds or have been contaminated by patients isolated to protect others from the spread of infectious diseases.
- Any other refuse which has been mingled with potentially infectious biomedical waste.
Eating utensils, animal carcasses and bedding, and “very small quantities” (less than 250 grams or 1/2 pound) of human or animal tissue, clean dressings, and clean surgical wastes from persons or animals not known to be infected, are excluded from the definition of potentially infectious biomedical waste. The last two categories of material must be disposed in tightly closed plastic bags or other impervious containers.
Animal carcasses and tissues and wastes from large animals must be disposed either as potentially infectious biomedical waste, or according to regulations of the Livestock Sanitary Board. Carcasses, tissue, and wastes of pets may be buried, rendered [cooked at a minimum temperature of 250 degrees Fahrenheit for at least thirty (30) minutes], incinerated, or disposed either in accordance with these regulations or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.