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What is a sharps container?

2021-07-09

The sharps container is a medical waste container designed to store sharps and medical devices with sharp edges, such as needles and scalpels.The sharps container is used to safely handle sharps and ensure that sharps are separated from other types of medical waste.Hospitals and clinics are usually in all patient treatment areas, and household sharps containers can also be obtained for people who use sharp medical devices at home, such as diabetic patients who need regular insulin injections.

Diabetic patients who need regular insulin injections can use sharp containers to handle needles. A typical sharp container is red or yellow, depending on the country. It is made of thick plastic, which resists needles so that the container can be used safely, it also includes a label indicating that the contents are biohazardous, and the container can hold sharp objects. Sharps containers can be used once. In this case, the container is disposed of with its contents or can be reused. The container should be emptied and sterilized. Reusable containers are usually emptied by robots in medical waste treatment facilities.
Used needles and similar items are specially stored and transported in a puncture-proof sharps container. The sharps container is very easy to use; after use, you only need to throw the sharps out of the slot on the container lid. Users should not force sharps through the container lid, as this may expose them to the danger of needles, and they need to ensure that the sharps container is replaced before it becomes overfilled. Most sharps containers are designed with lids that allow people to pass objects through the lid, but do not allow objects to pass in another direction.

The sharps container is designed to store sharp-edged medical instruments, such as scalpels. It is very important to handle sharp objects correctly. Because sharp objects usually penetrate the skin, every sharp object contains potentially dangerous substances. Sharp objects cannot be reused because they will become dull due to use and may transmit dangerous pathogens. Proper storage and handling of sharps in sharp containers can ensure that every patient can use fresh equipment and reduce the risk of needle stick injuries and pathogen transmission. Some people may try to throw away the sharp points by breaking or blunting them. Or put the lid on and throw it away. This practice is not recommended, because people who dispose of ordinary garbage may be injured by improper handling of sharp objects. In some areas, if garbage companies find sharp objects in regular garbage, they can fine or refuse to collect their garbage. From very small containers placed on the counter in the examination room to large barrels that can be used in operating rooms and other high-volume areas. They can provide medical waste treatment contracts or can be ordered separately from medical supply companies. Used needles should be disposed of in a sharps container.