February 10, 2020
The weight of disposable single-use sharps containers account for a significant portion of plastic in the sharps waste stream of healthcare facilities.
The Study ‘28% Waste Reduction with Sharpsmart Safety Device – a five year, 103 Hospital Study’ examined the impact of 103 hospitals converting from disposable sharps containers to a reusable sharps containment device (Sharpsmart) in terms of waste reduction and reduction in container exchange labour.
Conversion to the Daniels Sharpsmart system resulted:
This study demonstrates that substantial waste reduction opportunities exist for facilities by converting from disposal sharps containers to the reusable and more sustainable Daniels Sharpsmart.
The labour efficiencies of the Sharpsmart system provide opportunities to divert staff time from container exchange activities to other essential activities, reduce patient interruptions and reduce injury through few container exchanges.
Data from this study was gathered on weights of the disposal sharps containers when empty and the average weight of sharps contents when containers where 75% full.
Authors: Grimmond T, Himes E and Skinner, D. Publication: CleanMed2009, Conference. May 18 – 20, 2009 Chicago IL.