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state how to reduce the risks of sharps injury
These are items (or parts of items) of healthcare waste that could cause cuts or puncture wounds. [ These include needles, scalpels, blades, patient ends of infusion sets (HTM 07 01 Safe Management of Healthcare Waste, DH 2010). They must be disposed of in colour coded sharps containers, which are to be collected when ¾ full. The coloured lid of a sharps container is defined by how the waste it contains will be treated and disposed of. Within CHO, the sharps bins that will be used by all inpatient and clinical areas will have a yellow base and a yellow lid. The only exception to this is when
Cytotoxic/cytostatic drugs are administered and this waste is disposed of into a yellow bin with a purple lid. Yellow Lidded Sharps Bins These sharps bins are to be used for the disposal of blood glucose lancets, scalpels contaminated needles, venflon’s, cannula’s and items such as used ampoules, glass vials, and syringes that have been used or are contaminated with residues of Prescription Only Medicines (POM’s) and pre filled syringes no longer required/out of date. All such containers should be sealed when ¾ full, labelled correctly with date the container was first used, location, a signature of the person assembling/disposing of and the date closed. This waste is incinerated. Yellow bin and Purple Lidded Waste Bins (Cytotoxic/Cytostatic) These waste bins are to be used for the disposal of any medicines, sharps, syringes and giving sets used in the administration of cytotoxic or cytostatic medication. All such containers should be sealed when ¾ full, labelled correctly with date the container was first used, location, a signature of the person assembling/disposing of and the date closed. This waste is incinerated. ]
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