Sunday, April 11, 2010

N.M. businessman charged after body parts found at medical waste facility

"A New Mexico businessman has been arrested after six heads and other body parts supposed to be cremated and returned to families were found in a truck at a waste facility in Kansas. Police say bodies intended for organ harvesting for research were dismembered with chain saws and other crude devices."

Incineration overused for medical waste

"Incinerators have faced increasing regulation for decades because they release toxic pollutants. But hospitals, labs and medical offices continue to send them wastes that could be processed with less environmental impact, authorities say.

"The truth of the matter is that 90 to 95 percent of the waste that goes to an incinerator doesn't need to go there," said Bill Patrakis, a N.C. Division of Waste Management official who interprets the state's medical-waste rules."

Saturday, March 20, 2010

India: Infectious waste still disposed of in the open

Infectious waste, body parts and sharp discards continue to be mixed with general waste and disposed of in the open even as biomedical waste units have been established and measures taken for segregation at the points of origin. What is more appalling is that sharp objects like needles, syringes, blades and even plastic discards are being blatantly collected from the disposal points and most possibly making way to the illicit recycling units and thereby creating hazardous consequences. These have been brought to the fore in an inspection report submitted to the High Court by its appointed counsel PR Das.

WHO Medical Waste Guide

WHO Programme activities include developing technical guidance materials for assessing the quantities and types of waste produced in different facilities, creating national action plans, developing national healthcare waste management (HCWM) guidelines and building capacity at national level to enhance the way HCW is dealt with in low income countries.

WM Subsidiary Buys Medical Waste Collection Firm

WM Subsidiary Buys Medical Waste Collection Firm

“Our acquisition of Mountain High Medical Disposal Services complements our overall healthcare offering so we can now provide multiple waste services to the healthcare industry,” said Ron Pierce, vice president of WM Healthcare Solutions, in a press release. “This investment represents an important strategic opportunity to offer disposal options, consulting and cost savings for hospitals, clinics, laboratories, doctors' offices and a variety of other healthcare operations in and around Utah and Idaho. The acquisition also adds to our capacity and geographic presence to treat and manage waste from healthcare customers.”