Now medical waste that is generated at the hospital and also brought in from the outlying healthcare providers is transported through the halls of the small hospital to the equipment room, where the SteriMed® System 70 unit is installed. A machine operator loads the bags of medical waste, including sharps containers, into the waste receiver of the System 70. To safeguard the operator two buttons must be pushed simultaneously to close the lid. Then the operator pushes the start button to begin an automated, emission-free, process. The complete cycle takes about 20 minutes, after which the treated waste, Ploof ™, is automatically dumped into a plastic trash receptacle and wheeled out to the hospital's trash collector. "We don't have infectious waste storage issues any more," says Herring. "We dispose of our medical waste as needed – twice a day, once a week, before it starts to accumulate.""Blue Mountain Hospital is a perfect example of a hospital that has adopted an environmentally and cost-effective alternative to incineration by using a clean air hybrid technology like SteriMed® which not only cut costs and health risks, but also provides tremendous environmental benefits to the communities within Utah," said SteriMed® Systems CEO Dwight Morgan. "In addition to the environmental benefits of disposing of medical waste cleanly, safely and at the source, more and more healthcare companies are creating their own green initiatives. It's no longer good enough for hospitals to be great healthcare providers. They must also be great community partners and environmental stewards."
Utah Hospital Saves Money And The Environment By Treating Its Own Medical Waste On Site
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