Working in a home-based environment often presents many challenges. One of these challenges is determining how to properly manage waste, especially medical waste. This course presents the proper way to manage medical waste in the home setting. It includes the identification of medical waste items, as well as the regulations that govern medical waste disposal in the home. Finally, it describes the proper procedure for the handling and disposal of contaminated sharps, medications, and other regulated medical waste, such as personal protective equipment, or PPE.
Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives
Section 2: Medical Waste
A. Hidden Hazards
B. What is Medical Waste?
C. Who Regulates Medical Waste?
D. Medical Waste in the Home
E. Your Responsibility
Section 3: Medical Waste
A. Handling and Disposing Medical Waste
B. Labels and Color Coding
C. Containers for Medical Waste
D. Sharps E. Medication Disposal
F. Your Practice
Section 4: Conclusion
B. Course Contributor
Jennifer W. Burks is a Curriculum Designer in Post-Acute Care for Relias. She has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing, "I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints." Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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