12 November 2019
November is American Diabetes Awareness Month, and communities around the country are working to call attention to this serious and increasingly pervasive disease. Currently, about one in ten Americans have diabetes, and that number has risen dramatically over the past 50 years.
The Logistics of Treatment Can be Challenging
Although some people can manage their diabetes through healthy eating and exercise, many require medication or insulin to regulate it, and often these therapies are delivered via injection. Diabetic patients must also monitor their insulin levels frequently to make sure they remain in the appropriate range, which may involve lancets or needles.
Many individuals living with chronic conditions can treat their diseases with oral medications, but for diabetics, the prevalence of needles and lancets in their monitoring and care is a huge concern as determined in Stericycle's study on Access to Care & Sharps Disposal in the Diabetic Community. It is imperative that they are provided information on how and where they can appropriately dispose of sharps used in treatment to give them peace of mind that they are keeping their families and communities safe. Even though patients acknowledge that tossing these items in the regular trash is unsafe, they aren’t always aware of other options.
A Simple Disposal Solution Can Ease the Process
While dealing with numerous sharps can be frustrating for patients, there is a straightforward solution that can alleviate some of the burden. A user-friendly sharps mailback program allows patients to safely throw away used sharps by placing them in specially-designed, puncture-proof containers that effectively store the sharps for later destruction.
When a container is full, a patient can use a pre-paid shipping box and return label to easily send the container for proper disposal. Since the receptacle is conveniently sized, patients can store it in a closet or under the sink, making it readily available when needed.
Not only does this program address some of the challenges with patient-generated sharps disposal, it also lets pharmaceutical companies and other healthcare organizations gauge patient medication use through comprehensive data and analytics.
A Key Step in Supporting Diabetic Patients
Stericycle is committed to helping diabetic patients more conveniently manage their disease. By partnering with us, pharmacies and other healthcare organizations can provide their patients with a user-friendly sharps mailback option, enabling easier disposal while reinforcing a message of caring and support.
To learn more about safe and convenient sharps disposal solutions, visit Stericycle’s Sharps Mailback Program.
Interested in Our Solutions? We Can Help
Sign up to receive Stericycle’s latest news, tips and offers to help your business remain compliant
Which solution interests you?