The Sterilis system is a safer, more sustainable alternative to medical waste disposal that allows hazardous medical waste to be treated on site and at point of generation. Currently, the medical waste industry is dominated by a the archaic method of hauling away dangerous regulated medical waste (RMW) by trucks to be incinerated. Not only is thus process expensive, but it requires that medical waste such as sharps, syringes, and drapings be handled multiple times before disposal, putting both patients and medical staff at risk of hospital-acquired infections. The excessive handling, labeling, storing, and transporting of regulated medical waste coincides with a significant risk of contamination. With the Sterilis device, this risk is lessened by using steam sterilization and grinder technology to transform medical waste into a harmless confetti-like material, which can be disposed of in the general waste stream on-site and at point-of-care. The Sterilis system is used in hospitals and emergency rooms, dialysis clinics, surgery centers, dermatology and ophthalmology practices, and clinical labs.
The device allows RMW to be treated on-demand at the location where it was generated. First, waste is placed into the machine where it is steam sterilized at 280 degrees Fahrenheit for about 60 minutes. Next waste is crushed in a patented grinder, a process that reduces the waste volume by 80%. The device is also IoT-enabled and tracks and stores all required regulatory data in the cloud, where it can be accessed and monitored at any time. This eliminates unnecessary paper documents currently needed with the current “haul and burn” approach.
As many as 200 fatalities occur per week in the U.S. due to healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 5.6 million U.S. healthcare industry workers are at risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens via needle stick injuries and other sharps-related injuries. Additionally, OSHA estimates that 384,000 needle stick injuries are sustained by hospital-based healthcare personnel per year, resulting in $1 billion in healthcare costs annually. Fifty-five percent of these injuries occur after needle use and prior or during disposal, and eight percent take place in the emergency room (according to the CDC). By remediating waste on-site and at point-of-care, Sterilis ensures that waste is properly disposed of in a timely manner, reducing needle stick injuries and the chance HAIs will occur.
Healthcare workers save lives on a daily basis, but the necessary waste generated can be harmful to patients and hospital workers alike, and represents an environmental and public health threat. growing concern among. In addition, rising medical waste disposal costs have put a significant strain on smaller healthcare facilities, as well as emergency room only facilities. Due to rising labor costs, fuel cost increases, and the growing amount of medical waste generated by such facilities, healthcare administrators have been forced to endure rising RMW disposal costs. Additionally, many of these facilities are dealing with limited space and decreased resources, and the storage of medical waste is negatively affecting the bottom line: Affordable patient care.
As a fixed-cost solution for medical waste disposal, the Sterilis device can help with cost containment and reduce the need for waste storage space. Additionally, treating waste on-site and at point-of-generation reduces the touchpoints associated with medical waste disposal and reduces the chance of infection. In the fast-paced environment of an ER, concerns about hospital bourn infections and safe medical waste disposal should come secondary to rapid patient care. This device helps Sterilis can help medical workers keep their patients safe by reducing the amount of medical waste that must be stored on site, where it can inadvertently come into contact with healthcare workers and patients.
In addition, the machine has a small footprint (36”x24”x47”) similar in size to that of a commercial photocopier and therefore can easily be installed in a clinic, lab, quarantine area, or patient floor. It requires no plumbing or fixtures and plugs in to a standard outlet, meaning that the machine can be used in virtually any healthcare facility, including in small, rural offices.
One additional benefit of the device is improved sustainability in the RMW market. In the U.S., about 3.4 million tons of medical waste is generated annually. Currently, the majority of RWM is picked up from healthcare facilities by trucks and brought to an incinerator. This approach has a detrimental effect on the environment in two ways: first, the trucks used to transport waste produce carbon emissions and second, when the medical waste is burned, it produces toxic emissions and ash residue. The EPA has found that burning medical waste is one of the top three
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