Safe Disposal of Home Generated Medicine and Sharps, December 13, 2019

(2019) Safe Disposal of Home Generated Medicine and Sharps, December 13, 2019. Public Health, Department of

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Abstract

Needles, syringes, injection devices, and lancets are all types of medical implements known “sharps.” The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that each year, 8 million people across the country use more than 3 billion needles, syringes and lancets (also called sharps) to manage medical conditions at home. Home-generated sharps must be properly managed to prevent injury by unintentional sticks or disease transmission. People at the greatest risk of being stuck by used sharps include sanitation and sewage treatment workers, janitors and housekeepers, and children.

Item Type: Newsletter
Keywords: Sharps, Public Health, Health, Medical disposal, Medical
Subjects: Health and medicine > Healthcare
Health and medicine > Public health
Natural resources and environment > Waste disposal and hazardous sites
Public Safety and consumer protection
ID Code: 34970
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 23 Dec 2020 17:36
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2020 17:36
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/34970