Infectious waste in landfill leads to hospital fine

By: May 19th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

A New Mexico hospital is having trouble mending its ways with regard to regulated medical waste disposal.

Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, Santa Fe, NM, has paid $21,400 for violating the state’s Environment Department regulations for improperly disposing of infectious waste, reported Waste Recycling News on May 17.

Improperly disposed and bagged items from the hospital that were discovered in a landfill included “gauze, napkins, disposable diapers, plastic tubing, latex gloves, suction containers, plastic urine containers, and syringes that contained or were saturated or contaminated with blood,” according to the Waste Recycling News.

Under a previous name, the medical center was fined$43,500 in 2007 for similar violations, according to the report.

Hospitals aren’t the only healthcare facilities having problems toeing the line on regulated medical waste disposal infractions. OSHA Healthcare Advisor recently reported on a New Jersey bill that would take away the medical license of a physician illegally dumping regulated medical waste.

For more in waste compliance download the special report “What You Need to Know about Hazardous Waste in Healthcare Clinics” from the Tools page.




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