Healthcare Solutions 03 June, 2016

Proactive waste stream strategies now a top healthcare priority

Healthcare leaders remain keenly aware that regulatory agencies can and are evaluating every facility within a system using criteria specified to its size or type. For health networks with multiple locations and facility types, this can mean a vast and varied set of waste stream regulations and guidelines – each with costly penalties for non-compliance. As recently shared with Health Facilities Management, many hospitals and offsite facilities using our solutions have found that a proactive strategy is the only way to properly manage multiple waste streams – which includes a mix of hazardous and nonhazardous waste. Being proactive with third-party partners armed with the right compliance tools help them focus on operations and patient care. “While not the experts on the subject of waste stream management, an online standardization and documentation tool made a lot of sense to Mosaic Life Care, a network of 50 practices in St. Joseph, Missouri. In fact our customers have a lot of successful tips to share, including:
  • Training is key to successful risk management. Comprehensive employee training on compliant waste stream management procedures has to be centrally managed, in real time. This aids in the tracking of training for when regulatory agencies verify documentation and ensures all employees are in good standing.
  • Consider shipping manifest procedures. To meet DOT manifest guidelines, anyone who prepares the regulated medical waste for final shipment and signs the shipping papers or the hazardous waste manifest must take specific training at designated times.
  • Incorporate multiple waste streams. Each facility must take responsibility for as many as eight individual waste streams. Considering networks that have multiple facilities, an integrated waste stream strategy is a must. Pharmaceutical and sharps waste, for example, require proactive management that drastically minimizes risk and improves operations if properly managed.

Posted by Gerry van Domelen

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