How do you dispose of retractable lancets?

  1. I'm curious to know how you dispose of retractable lancets in your facility?

    I have always assumed that even though they are a "safe" sharp item, after having been used and contaminated with blood they should be disposed of in the sharps container along with any other kind of needle or sharp.

    Recently I have seen some of the agency nurses who work occassionally with us throwing them in the garbage cans in patients rooms; when I questioned this practice, I was told that this is what they do in other facilities that they work in. One nurse said that this was sanctioned by the infection control nurse in one of our big city hospitals.....

    I have searched on the internet but found no recommendations on how to dispose of these retractable lancets. Tomorrow I will try to call the public health department for their recommendations.

    ....nothing in this life is foolproof :uhoh21: and although I really like the lancet we use for it's safety features I wonder how often the retractable spring/coil might fail ...so, personally I will continue to dispose of them in a sharps container
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   nurseunderwater
    I always put them in the sharps container.
  4. by   suzanne4
    Sharps containers only.......what happens if they weren't fully retracted?
    I would hate to see someone injured because of this....................
  5. by   explorer
    I would use the sharps container. About the first time that your janitorial staff gets cut on it and catch hepatitis you will have a real problem.
  6. by   BHolliRNMS
    Sharps container. Plus they have blood on them, and cannot go into the general trash.
  7. by   gwenith
    Sharps container though I cannot speak for all my colleagues.
  8. by   txspadequeenRN
    To the sharps box it goes!!!!




    Quote from kay
    I'm curious to know how you dispose of retractable lancets in your facility?

    I have always assumed that even though they are a "safe" sharp item, after having been used and contaminated with blood they should be disposed of in the sharps container along with any other kind of needle or sharp.

    Recently I have seen some of the agency nurses who work occassionally with us throwing them in the garbage cans in patients rooms; when I questioned this practice, I was told that this is what they do in other facilities that they work in. One nurse said that this was sanctioned by the infection control nurse in one of our big city hospitals.....

    I have searched on the internet but found no recommendations on how to dispose of these retractable lancets. Tomorrow I will try to call the public health department for their recommendations.

    ....nothing in this life is foolproof :uhoh21: and although I really like the lancet we use for it's safety features I wonder how often the retractable spring/coil might fail ...so, personally I will continue to dispose of them in a sharps container
  9. by   ?burntout
    Sharps container
  10. by   myrenie
    Sharps Container! Better to be safe than sorry......

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  11. by   Sadie04
    Sharps container!
  12. by   LadyBugRN
    Quote from kay
    I'm curious to know how you dispose of retractable lancets in your facility?

    I have always assumed that even though they are a "safe" sharp item, after having been used and contaminated with blood they should be disposed of in the sharps container along with any other kind of needle or sharp.

    Recently I have seen some of the agency nurses who work occassionally with us throwing them in the garbage cans in patients rooms; when I questioned this practice, I was told that this is what they do in other facilities that they work in. One nurse said that this was sanctioned by the infection control nurse in one of our big city hospitals.....

    I have searched on the internet but found no recommendations on how to dispose of these retractable lancets. Tomorrow I will try to call the public health department for their recommendations.

    ....nothing in this life is foolproof :uhoh21: and although I really like the lancet we use for it's safety features I wonder how often the retractable spring/coil might fail ...so, personally I will continue to dispose of them in a sharps container
    I work in a hospital where in every room there is a sharps container and that's where the contaminated sharps wether it is retracted or not====in the sharps container they go.
  13. by   Nurse Ratched
    I would say that the manufacturer's instructions on say, a Vanish-Point syringe, would specify proper disposal technique. All I can tell you is that our facility policy is all sharps, retractable or not, go into the sharps container for proper disposal. Can't be guaranteed the little plastic housing on retractable lancets or syringes would withstand breakage and not injure someone handling it down the line.
  14. by   MRhodes
    Check your state sanitary code. It will probally say that retractable sharps go in the sharps container and I believe that OSHA says so too. That will give you some "teeth" to tell the agency nurses it's your policy. You should also check and see what handbook the nurses are getting when they sign in and make sure it has some infection control measures in it. You could put that retractable sharps go in the sharps container in there, then if they do put them in the trash, you've got them for not following policies.

    Melba Rhodes
    buggal1989@aol.com

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