The correct and safe disposal of medical waste is a challenge that all medical facilities must face, and dialysis centers are no different. In Celitron’s next article, we will discuss the importance of safely handling potentially infectious and hazardous medical waste products such as dialysis waste, and the benefits of using a cutting-edge disposal solution.
What you need to know about the disposal of dialysis waste
The meaning and definition of dialysis is the following: “a procedure that is the substitute for many of the normal functions of kidneys”. Thus, dialysis allows people to live fulfilling lives even if their kidneys aren’t working properly anymore. According to a statistical report from 2015 of the US Renal Data System, there were approximately 468 000 patients who had received dialysis treatment in the United States that year.
Dialysis centers use two main type of treatments to help patients in need. Hemodialysis uses a special filter to remove waste and water from the patient’s blood, while peritoneal dialysis uses a particular fluid (dialysate) in the patients’ abdominal cavity to remove these waste products from the blood.
This is also why you should focus on finding onsite equipment that can handle the disposal of both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis waste products, such as Celitron’s onsite medical treatment unit, which we will discuss in more details at the end of this article.
Why is the disposal of dialysis waste products so important?
Since dialysis waste is classified as medical waste, you can expect strict storage, transportation, and disposal regulations. It is not something you can just avoid and sweep under the rug: the fines for violating healthcare regulations can be extremely high.
It should be noted that it is no wonder why the rules are so severe. If you don’t have a clear and effective dialysis waste disposal system in place, you can endanger patients and staff alike with highly infectious medical waste. What’s more, due to their nature, dialysis waste products can be very hazardous to human health, and their removal should be taken very seriously. Not to mention the danger they can present to the environment.
By choosing the right solution the storage and transportation of dangerous materials like sharps waste can be made much easier before disposal. To learn how, just keep reading!
Handling dialysis waste disposal is not a new issue for Celitron
Celitron has had ample experience and success in the medical industry, with over 400 of our medical waste treatment units present in more than 40 countries. We’ve put massive research and development efforts in each of our products, and are proud to say that they have paid off: we’ve received a lot of positive feedback about our machines being exceptionally effective at disposing of infectious medical waste, as well as being easier and cheaper to operate than other methods.
Celitron’s solution for dialysis waste disposal: how does it work?
At Celitron, we have developed a machine that combines the “best of both worlds” when it comes to treating hazardous medical waste: the ISS is an equipment that is capable of steam sterilization and medical waste shredding within a single vessel to produce one of the most effective solution on the market to nullify the risks associated with infectious materials, including dialysis waste disposal.
To provide you with some insights about how the ISS (Integrated Sterilizer and Shredder) works, and how it can help you in the safe removal of dialysis waste products, here are a few of the many reasons why many medical facilities like using Celitron’s medical unit:
If you work in a dialysis center, it should be no news to you that it can generate a huge amount of waste on a daily basis, such as silicone tubes, solution bags, dialysis tubing, medical sharps waste, and more. The good news is that the ISS can handle the disposal of all dialysis waste products, enabling you to use it as an “all-in-one” solution, without the need for separate pieces of equipment.
This versatility also applies to the capacity of the ISS itself: depending on the size of your medical facility and the amount of dialysis waste generated, you can choose between 25, 150, and even 560-liter capacity models! This makes it much easier for you to choose a machine that allows you to work profitably, whether you need the biggest model possible, or something more compact.
2. Simpler and safer use
At Celitron, we like using the perks of modern technology in favor of the comfort of medical staff. The ISS uses a completely automated process for the complete sterilizing and shredding procedure during dialysis waste disposal, which can be launched with the push of a button. The machine’s installation can also be easily incorporated into your current dialysis waste management system.
We have also added extra safety features to prevent anyone from opening the door of the ISS while it is not safe to do so (until pressure and temperature levels are back to a safe level).
3. Cheaper operation
At Celitron, we think green. However, guaranteeing a sustainable operation is not just about reducing your facility’s environmental footprint. With its energy-efficient system, the ISS ensures a much more cost-effective dialysis waste disposal process and emits no harmful substances during the process.
4. Effective dialysis waste disposal
And of course, the most important aspect: with the ISS, you can be 100% sure that your dialysis waste disposal process won’t just be easier and cheaper, but also completely safe. Once the treatment process is over, anything that comes out of this machine is completely sterile, and as such, the removal of dialysis waste products can be handled just like regular municipal waste, greatly reducing the risks that are usually associated with medical waste storage and transportation. Not to mention it reduces the volume of the waste to about the fifth of its original size.
All in all, the importance of the work done in dialysis centers is unquestionable, as is the case with other medical facilities. What matters is that among the many precautions staff must take in order to ensure patient and environmental safety, the removal of potentially infectious waste should always be among your priorities. Be sure to check out Celitron’s own solution for dialysis waste disposal and make the everyday life of your dialysis center easier, and safer!