The Covid health crisis has highlighted the work of treating and collecting hazardous or infectious medical waste. In France, the legislation regarding hazardous medical waste imposes strict rules on the collection and treatment of such waste. A job carried out in the shadows by Séché Healthcare, among others, that can be discovered in this report from France 3.
This report highlights how the waste produced in hospitals is collected. It is important to differentiate infectious hospital waste (20%) and non-hazardous waste (80%).
DASRI (french acronym standing for healthcare waste with infectious risks) is placed in yellow bins or containers and stored, within the hospital, in a locked area.
On average, a hospital or clinic produces 1kg of medical waste per day and per bed. This gives a total of 170,000 tons per year in France.
Very quickly, this contaminated medical waste must be collected and shipped to a treatment center (if the hospital does not dispose of it in situ). Germs must not proliferate.
In France, they must be destroyed in less than 72 hours.
In Séché Healthcare’s infrastructure in Rennes (in this report), they have 2 Ecosteryl machines and they can process 100 containers per day. In the waste, there are glass, liquid, soft waste (compresses), sharp objects… After 1 hour of treatment (dry heat process via microwaves), they are decontaminated.
A job in the shadows but greatly useful for health and the environment. Previously, waste was burnt or dumped in landfills with risks of pandemics. The bins were opened before treatment and staff could prick themselves with contaminated syringes.
WHO indicates that, worldwide, 21 million people are estimated to have contracted hepatitis B and 260,000 people have contracted AIDS due to poorly managed medical waste.
As technology and health legislation evolve, waste is increasingly being collected and treated in an environmentally friendly way. The Ecosteryl process is 100% electric and automated to avoid any contact with the waste.
Discover this beautiful report from France 3 with our Ecosteryl machines.
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