What Are Sharps?
Sharps are medical equipment having sharp points or edges that may pierce or cut the skin. They may be used to treat allergies, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, infertility, migraines, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, blood clotting problems, and psoriasis in humans and their pets at home, at work, and while traveling.
Examples Of Sharps
- Needles - The use of hollow needles to administer medications (medication) beneath the skin
- Syringes - Devices that are used to inject medicine into the body or to remove fluid from it
- Connection Needles - the use of needles that attach to a tube that is used to transport fluids into and out of the body This is most often utilized for individuals who are receiving hemodialysis at home.
- Lancets - Instruments having a small, two-edged blade that are used to draw blood samples for testing purposes. Lancets are a kind of medication that is often used in the treatment of diabetes.
How to Dispose of needles and other sharps
Sharps should be carefully kept after each use in a sharps container that has been appropriately manufactured. Containers that have been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration are the most preferable option (FDA). These containers are made of durable plastic or cardboard, and they are designed to withstand punctures, leaks, and overfilling caused by things such as needles and other sharp objects. They are also clearly labeled as biohazardous to ensure that they be handled with caution.
Sharps containers are puncture-resistant boxes that are used to store and dispose of sharp medical equipment such as needles, lancets, and other sharp-edged instruments. When these gloves are used, it is possible to prevent cuts as well as unintended contact with medical waste. It is possible to drop sharps into the container, but because to the design of the lid, they cannot be easily recovered once inside.