A greater number of individuals are using lancets, needles, and syringes (medically known as sharps) in their homes. As a result, these items are being mixed with household garbage and recyclables or flushed down the toilet. Used sharps pose a health risk to family members, sanitation workers, and recycling facility employees through accidental needle sticks. All needle stick injuries demand expensive testing, cause long-term emotional stress, and increase the risk of exposure to infectious diseases such as Hepatitis B and HIV from contaminated needles.
To reduce such health risks, the state of Wisconsin adopted rules in 1994 on how to package, treat, and dispose of sharps.
Recognizing the need to properly dispose of sharps, St. Nicholas Hospital has responded with a community sharps disposal program.
St. Nicholas Hospital is committed to promoting a healthier community by providing a lawful, no-cost sharps disposal program to patients and participants.
What are Sharps?
Sharps include medical needles, syringes, and lancets (finger stick devices).
How do I use the program?
Place the sharps in a commercially available sharps container or an empty laundry detergent bottle with a screw-on cap that can be securely sealed with tape. Bottle size must not exceed a 100-ounce capacity. Do not add bleach to the container.
Only plastic laundry detergent bottles or commercial sharps containers will be accepted.
Do not use the following: coffee or other steel cans; glass bottles or jars; aluminum cans; plastic tubs, buckets, milk jugs, soda bottles or bags.
When the container is full, seal it securely with strong, heavy tape. Do not put the container out with the trash.
Visibly label the sharps container with the words biohazard and bring the container to a Registered Sharps Collection Station.
St. Nicholas Hospital is a Registered Sharps Collection Station. Sharps containers can be dropped off in the Diabetes Center every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This service is offered free of charge to people with diabetes.
Individuals unable to use this service should contact their local pharmacy or sanitation department for sharps disposal options in their community.
Remember: Compliance with local, state, and federal government policies for disposing of sharps is mandatory and is strictly enforced. By using the information provided here, you can be assured of proper hazardous waste disposal.
For information on or questions about sharps disposal, call the St. Nicholas Diabetes Center at:
Security for future generations is everyones responsibility!
Safe Sharps Disposal is Everyones Responsibility.
Take your container to the Diabetes Center every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Free to people with diabetes.
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