So much waste in the health service SIR - I recently had a very minor medical procedure, in which they opened a sealed container which included scissors, a scalpel, two sets of tweezers, needles, thread, cotton wool, lint, sachets of various liquids, plus many other carefully wrapped items; they applied one small stitch, cut it with another pair of scissors and then threw the rest into a special sharps bin
A home healthcare worker disposes of a properly capped needle, only to be stuck by a previously used needle that had been placed in the sharps bin
without a cover.
Bloodied equipment including unsterile surgical tubes known as cannulae, were found sitting on a worktop while a hazardous sharps bin
All needles and sharp objects should be disposed of into a dedicated biohazard sharps bin
Contract notice: Intravenous catheters and venipuncture / syringes and needles / sharps bin
For example, a sharps bin
in a clinical preparation area with protruding sharps and temporary closure mechanisms not used on sharps bins
Inspectors raised concerns that staff were at risk of sustaining potentially dangerous needle stick injuries because a sharps bin
on the Royal Gwent's ward C5 west was overflowing.
Instead, the needle was put in the usual sharps bin
with other needles, and was never traced to test it for infection.
The judges were impressed by the Quadnet fire safety system, manufactured by Rafiki Protection, Cwmbran and the Smart Sharps bin
, manufactured by Indigo, Merthyr Tydfil.
A Virgin Active spokesman said: "We have sharps bins
that we have to have on site under health and safety regulations but apart from that there is nothing else I can say.
We also found blood contamination on walls and under surfaces of worktops and on sharps bins
Healthwatch Kirklees want to work with GP surgeries and pharmacies to understand where you can dispose of full sharps bins