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