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Title: Eliminating Medical Waste Liabilities Through Mobile Maceration and Disinfection

Abstract

Commercial medical waste treatment technologies include incineration, melting, autoclaving, and chemical disinfection. Incineration disinfects, destroys the original nature of medical waste, and reduces the waste volume by converting organic waste content to carbon dioxide and water, leaving only residual inorganic ash. However, medical waste incinerator numbers have plummeted from almost 2,400 in 1995 to 115 in 2003 and to about 62 in 2005, due to negative public perception and escalating compliance costs associated with increasingly strict regulations. High-temperature electric melters have been designed and marketed as incinerator alternatives, but they are also costly and generally must comply with the same incinerator emissions regulations and permitting requirements. Autoclave processes disinfect medical waste at much lower operating temperatures than incinerators operate at, but are sometimes subject to limitations such as waste segregration requirements to be effective. Med-Shred, Inc. has developed a patented mobile shredding and chemical disinfecting process for on-site medical waste treatment. Medical waste is treated on-site at customer facilities by shredding and disinfecting the waste. The treated waste can then be transported in compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requirements to a landfill for disposal as solid municipal waste. A team of Idaho National Laboratorymore » engineers evaluated the treatment process design. The process effectiveness has been demonstrated in mycobacterium tests performed by Analytical Services Incorporated. A process description and the technical and performance evaluation results are presented in the paper. A treatment demonstration and microbiological disinfecting tests show that the processor functions as it was intended.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
911588
Report Number(s):
INL/CON-05-00676
TRN: US0800025
DOE Contract Number:
DE-AC07-99ID-13727
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Waste Management Symposium 2006,Tuscon, Arizona,02/26/2006,03/02/2006
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 - MGMT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; AUTOCLAVES; CARBON DIOXIDE; COMBUSTION; COMPLIANCE; INCINERATORS; LIABILITIES; MELTING; MUNICIPAL WASTES; MYCOBACTERIUM; ORGANIC WASTES; PERFORMANCE; REGULATIONS; SANITARY LANDFILLS; SEGREGATION; STERILIZATION; WASTE INCINERATORS; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTE PROCESSING; medical waste treatment

Citation Formats

R. A. Rankin, N. R. Soelberg, K. M. Klingler, C. W. Lagle, and L. L. Byers. Eliminating Medical Waste Liabilities Through Mobile Maceration and Disinfection. United States: N. p., 2006. Web.
R. A. Rankin, N. R. Soelberg, K. M. Klingler, C. W. Lagle, & L. L. Byers. Eliminating Medical Waste Liabilities Through Mobile Maceration and Disinfection. United States.
R. A. Rankin, N. R. Soelberg, K. M. Klingler, C. W. Lagle, and L. L. Byers. Wed . "Eliminating Medical Waste Liabilities Through Mobile Maceration and Disinfection". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/911588.
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title = {Eliminating Medical Waste Liabilities Through Mobile Maceration and Disinfection},
author = {R. A. Rankin and N. R. Soelberg and K. M. Klingler and C. W. Lagle and L. L. Byers},
abstractNote = {Commercial medical waste treatment technologies include incineration, melting, autoclaving, and chemical disinfection. Incineration disinfects, destroys the original nature of medical waste, and reduces the waste volume by converting organic waste content to carbon dioxide and water, leaving only residual inorganic ash. However, medical waste incinerator numbers have plummeted from almost 2,400 in 1995 to 115 in 2003 and to about 62 in 2005, due to negative public perception and escalating compliance costs associated with increasingly strict regulations. High-temperature electric melters have been designed and marketed as incinerator alternatives, but they are also costly and generally must comply with the same incinerator emissions regulations and permitting requirements. Autoclave processes disinfect medical waste at much lower operating temperatures than incinerators operate at, but are sometimes subject to limitations such as waste segregration requirements to be effective. Med-Shred, Inc. has developed a patented mobile shredding and chemical disinfecting process for on-site medical waste treatment. Medical waste is treated on-site at customer facilities by shredding and disinfecting the waste. The treated waste can then be transported in compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requirements to a landfill for disposal as solid municipal waste. A team of Idaho National Laboratory engineers evaluated the treatment process design. The process effectiveness has been demonstrated in mycobacterium tests performed by Analytical Services Incorporated. A process description and the technical and performance evaluation results are presented in the paper. A treatment demonstration and microbiological disinfecting tests show that the processor functions as it was intended.},
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year = {Wed Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 2006},
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