The usage of sharps can occur in a non-medical setting, such as in a home or an office; as well, they are used by those in the medical field when mobile.
Proper usage and the safe disposal of sharps (ECO30 Plan) can keep humans and pets safe, preventing exposure to infectious pathogens and injuries, such as needle sticks, cuts, punctures.
The list of sharps may include:
Lancets (fingerstick devices)
Auto Injectors, including epinephrine and insulin pens
Connection needles/sets (most often used for patients on home hemodialysis)
To maintain this safety, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that used needles and other sharps be placed, immediately after usage, in an FDA-approved sharps disposal container. After an evaluation, the FDA has recommended these containers for safe use by health care professionals and in other places, such as in the home or office, reducing the risk of infection or injury to others.
The DOs and DON’Ts of sharps disposal (adapted from the FDA):
Throw loose needles and sharps in the trash
Flush needles and sharps in the toilet
Put needles and sharps in a recycling bin
Place used needles and sharps in an FDA approved sharps disposal container
Use a portable sharps disposal container when mobile
Keep all sharps and sharps disposal containers out of the reach of children and pets
Ask your medical or prescription insurer whether they cover sharps disposal containers
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