With regulators beginning to more closely monitor infectious fluid waste disposal, McGurk and Dornoch representatives have been meeting with hospitals and other facilities to assess their current practices and examine options for increasing effectiveness and reducing costs.
McGurk has been in public health for more than 38 years, working for county and state health departments. He played a key role in developing legislation that became the California Medical Waste Management Act. McGurk led a pollution-prevention partnership with
The Transposal system that Dornoch Medical developed handles the collection and disposal of infectious fluid waste through a closed system. The patented process minimizes staff risk and greatly reduces the amount of costly red-bag waste. Transposal safely and affordably disposes of liquid infectious fluids through a system that is flexible and easy to adopt facility-wide, which is why more and more hospitals and outpatient surgical facilities are selecting Transposal, said Dornoch president Gary Mostow.
Dornoch's infectious fluid waste management systems help address a significant national environmental challenge. More than 50 million suction canisters, representing some 225 million pounds of infectious waste, are disposed of annually. Fluids collected during surgery present an expensive disposal challenge. Although infectious waste represents only about 20 percent of all hospital waste, infectious waste accounts for more than 75 percent of disposal costs. Additionally, OSHA, EPA and DOT regulations are increasing administrative burdens associated with infectious waste, particularly relating to employee exposure, transportation and final disposal. Those regulations and safety concerns have led more than two-thirds of
Source: Dornoch Medical Systems Inc.