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Tip of the week: Watch for easy-to-make medical waste mistakes

Hospital Safety Insider, January 30, 2008

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued a hefty fine to a hospital for alleged medical waste problems that all healthcare sites should be wary of.

The state fined Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg, PA, $100,000 for allegedly illegally disposing of infectious and chemotherapeutic waste in 2006.

The state determined that the hospital failed to:

  • Separate medical waste from regular solid waste
  • Properly label infectious waste
  • Ensure that workers packaging infectious waste wore protective gloves and overalls

The hospital has instituted new measures to avoid similar problems in the future, according to the state.



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