Proper disposal of sharp containers is essential for preventing the spread of diseases and keeping healthcare workers and the environment safe. A sharp container is a secure, hard plastic container designed for the safe disposal of used needles, syringes, and other sharp medical instruments to prevent injuries, disease transmission, and protect the environment.
Why are Sharps Containers needed?
According to the WHO, more than sixteen billion injections are administered annually worldwide. (3) Individuals with medical conditions such as allergies, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, infertility, migraines, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, blood clotting disorders, and psoriasis, require the use of sharps often multiple times a day.
- Needle: A very fine, slender, hollow piece of metal used to inject medication under the skin.
- Syringe: A device to which a needle is attached in order to inject medication into or withdraw fluid from the body.
- Lancet also called a “finger stick”: Instruments with a short, two-edged blade used to get drops of blood for testing. Lancets are commonly used in the treatment of diabetes.
- Auto injector, including epinephrine pens: Syringe Pre-filled with fluid medication designed to be self-injected into the body.
- Infusion set: Tubing system with a needle used to deliver drugs to the body.
- Connection needle/set: A needle that connects to a tube used to transfer fluids in and out of the body. This is generally used for patients on home hemodialysis.