Bon Secours Charity Health System

Regulated Medical Waste Reduction with Fluid Management System

Benefits/Results

The benefits of installing the SAF-T Pump™ are significant and include:

Employee & Environmental Safety

Safe-T pump regulated medical waste processing…

  • Reduces the risk of spillage and environmental exposure to blood-borne pathogens such as HIV, Hepatitis-B and Hepatitis-C.
  • Reduces liquid waste volume by 98 percent and liquid waste weight by 98 percent, thereby, reducing the volume of waste in landfills.
  • Reduces the energy demands of processing much larger volumes of waste including those incurred by related facility and transportation functions.
  • Meets Best Practice Standards of the following:
  • Association of Operating Room Nursing (AORN)
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
  • The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
Efficiency & Cost Effectiveness
  • Less time- and labor- intensive medical waste processing procedures.
  • Improves the turn-over, and terminal cleaning process in the OR’s.
  • Reduces associated costs by:
    • No longer needing to purchases solidifiers previously used to meet disposal standards – an estimated $15,000 per year.
Increased Satisfaction
  • Employees report greater ease and security with new process.
  • Overall end-of-day cleaning procedure is more orderly and efficient

The Problem

Disposing of regulated medical waste safely and efficiently is a major concern for any medical facility. Our Charity Health System serves more than half a million people in a seven-county area of New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, generating enormous amounts of waste. At the same time, Bon Secours Health System prides itself on being a leader in providing high quality, cost-effective health care with a strong commitment to environmental and employee welfare.

The management of this important, routine function was a natural focus of our attention to attain the multiple benefits highlighted above in line with our commitment to excellence.

The Strategy Selected

Our prior system for managing regulated medical waste—common to many hospitals—involved employees collecting medical waste canisters, opening them, adding a powder solidifier, then disposing of the canister, which could weigh as much as six pounds. Charity Health system generated about 16,120 canisters from the surgical services offered per year.

The Cardinal Health SAF-T Pump™ System is the only alternative means of handling this function, and offers dramatic improvement in terms of safety, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness while minimizing environmental impact and employee safety risks.

Implementation Process

Implementing the Cardinal Health SAF-T Pump™ System was straight-forward and generally uneventful.

  • The SAF-T Pump™ System was installed in our Operating Room and Nursing Unit soiled utility areas, tapping the existing wall suction outlets.
  • Each unit arrived with clear and simple instructions.
  • All relevant health care staff were notified of the new system by The Charity Green Team. 
  • EVS department conducted initial training of the housekeepers and environmental services technicians responsible for disposing of regulated medical waste.
  • Additional trainings were held as new areas were on-boarded to the new system, now fully implemented at all sites.
  • All 82 EVS staff members as well as operating tech are tested and trained ensuring their complete understanding of the new process.
  • Ongoing bi-yearly in-service training is routinely conducted to ensure that this and other processes are being managed appropriately.

Most personnel had no problem adopting the new system and when there was some initial confusion, additional training was provided.

Challenges and Lessons Learned

  • CHI’s approach to retrofitting required significant planning, so assembling the right team and the right expertise is essential.
  • It is possible to use existing equipment in the retrofitting process, saving up-front costs and maximizing the return on investment.
  • With a less than one year payback on initial investment, the case for future retrofitting throughout CHI can easily be made.

Demographic information

The Bon Secours Charity Health System includes three area hospitals:

  • Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY:  161 beds, 601 employees
  • Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Suffern, NY:  377 beds, 1629 employees
  • St. Anthony Community Hospital, Warwick, NY:  78 beds, 348 employees

Facility Contact Information

Name of Contact: Steven Gaynes

Email: Steven_Gaynes@bshsi.org

Phone number: 845-368-5265

The Bon Secours Charity SAF-T Pump™ Team

Matt McGuire, Director of Engineering

Lance Marcucci, Local System Director for Materials Management

Steven Gaynes, Director of Environmental Services


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