Patient Safety Sentinel: Pharmaceutical Waste

Pharmaceutical Waste

Sharps Disposal

All syringes with or without needles (even oral), ampules, detached needles, and spikes on IV tubing are all considered sharps.

Medication/Non-Sharps Disposal

  • Empty medication bottles and vials go in regular trash.
  • Some special medications, as indicated on the label, need to be returned to pharmacy, such as albuterol inhalers.
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Patient Safety Sentinel: Surgical Masks

Surgical Masks

A surgical mask is protective for both the health care worker and for the patient. A mask protects the health care worker from infections transmitted by respiratory droplets and protects the mouth and nose from splashes or sprays of blood or bodily fluids.… Read more.

Patient Safety Sentinel: Mobile Devices

Safety Communication: Mobile Devices

Just as with other devices that come into contact with the hands of healthcare workers, mobile devices can pose a significant risk of spreading HAIs in patient care environments.


Please follow these Safety Tips when using your cell phone or mobile device:

  • Refer to the cleaning instructions for your particular device to clean and disinfect routinely.
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