The Hazards of Improper Sharps Disposal

Gloved hands holding a red plastic medical waste collection bag

In the context of medical waste, a “sharp” is any object with sharp edges or points that can puncture skin. The following items are considered sharps: Hypodermic needles Syringes Lancets Auto injectors Infusion sets Connection needles/sets Disposable scalpels Sharps can contain pathogens and contaminants that pose a serious risk to human health and the environment.…

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