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A Drug Diverter Comes Clean - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine - December 2017

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by the pound would later pick up. Pour down the drain or red-bag — neither option safe, efficient or economical. But thanks to today's direct-to-drain units, we can empty canisters directly into a sanitary sewer system — a clean, safe no-pour solution to fluid waste disposal that not only reduces staff exposure to infec- tious fluid but also shaves minutes off of room cleanup and may in the long run lower waste disposal costs. With a closed direct-to-drain system like ours, staff attach full con- tainers to wall-mounted drainage units, which pump the waste directly into the sewer. We also considered direct-to-drain disposal with high- capacity roving units that collect fluid directly from the surgical site, suction mats or floor wicking devices. Staff simply wheel filled rovers to a docking station, hook them up and stand back as the contents are automatically emptied into the sewer. Going direct-to-drain Before we switched to a direct-to-drain suction canister system 5 years ago, we packaged untreated liners into red biohazard bags. But with the expense, the leaks and the constant risk of exposure to dan- gerous fluids, we knew we needed a change. Cost was the most pressing concern we had with our red-bag sys- tem. Yes, we saved on reusable canisters, but we were spending a small fortune on waste removal. You'd be surprised how much con- tainer-based disposal methods can cost, so it's important to remember you're buying containers and paying more for red bag waste on a reg- ular basis. We considered dumping the unsealed canisters of fluids into a hop- per. Simple, yes, but hardly safe. We couldn't expose staff members handling the disposal to splashback and contamination. The main cost of installing a fluid-waste-disposal system right in our D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 3 9

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