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Disposal of bedpans, urinals, etc.

  • 1.  Disposal of bedpans, urinals, etc.

    Posted 08-29-2019 12:36

    I'm looking to see how others handle disposal of urinals, bedpans, emesis basins, measurement containers etc. that are contaminated with hazardous waste. Do you rinse and reuse these containers? Do you dispose after single use? Where do you dispose of them- regular trash, biohazard bin, hazardous/chemo waste bin?

    On page 49 of ONSs Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs 3rd Edition, it states "A bedpan washer should not be used to clean containers that contain HD waste. Single-use bedpans or urinals should be used. It is not recommended to rinse or wash these items between use." This makes complete sense from a safety perspective but seems a bit more complex in terms of workflow and logistics.

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    Laura Johnson MSN, APN, AGCNS-BC, BMTCN
    Clinical Nurse Specialist
    Rush University Cancer Center
    Chicago, IL

  • 2.  RE: Disposal of bedpans, urinals, etc.

    Posted 09-04-2019 18:40
    I have the same questions. What about more expensive equipment such as bedside commodes? I am still researching as to where to dispose of these urinals/bedpans.

    Kennia Fraire RN
    El Paso TX