Hope does your facility dispose of used NS flush syringes without a needle on it? We put them in the sharps container but I often find them in the waste basket.
Sep 17, '06
Quote from ginger58
I guess the rationale is the fear of non-staff taking the syringe or maybe that it has had contact with blood. I can see both sides of its' disposal so that's why I'd like to see what others are doing. Thanks in advance.
I don't see how it would have contact with blood under normal circumstances, but if it did, you could toss just that one in with the sharps. But a NS syringe after a routine flush doesn't pose a hazard.
So someone takes it out of the trash. They're not much good for illicit purposes without needles. Besides, you can buy syringes at a pharmacy.
I'm as cautious as anyone about actual sharps, but sometimes I think you (not you personally) can go overboard. In my large urban hospital, the flushes normally go in the trash.
My daughter used to take the liquid med syringes home from her son's many hospitalizations. They were handy for giving other meds. And sometimes her kids used them to squirt each other.
Last edit by rn/writer on Sep 17, '06