Often technology is introduced to an industry and the perception is that it is the most effective solution, when in fact the disadvantages outweigh the advantages. Read about Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) vs Barcode when it comes to the tracking and traceability of your healthcare risk waste. Is RFID the right solution? Compass CRUX March
The lessons learnt from Listeriosis crisis which hit South Africa this time last year is covered in this edition, followed by an update on Compass’ Western Cape treatment facility. Read about how the illegal storage of healthcare risk waste (HCRW) is not limited to South Africa, while the second education feature covers infectious waste solutions. Three personality profiles are included in this edition – Compass’ Melanie Marcelino, Neville de Lucia, franchise owner of Dale Carnegie, and Marc de Chalain who is providing all our photographs for the Compass Cares’ 2020 wildlife calendar.
Managing HCRW from isolation wards and, in particular, from patients with Formidable Epidemic Diseases (FED) is covered in this edition. The SANS guidelines for having a SLA with your HCRW service provider is highlighted, as well as the pitfalls to look out for in order to avoid automatic renewals, additional charges or unnecessary legal action. Find out how to become an organ, blood or breastmilk donor and save a life.
The recycling of clinical glass is debated in this edition by both environmental lawyer, Siya Mkhize, and environmental consultant, Lorna Hill. Compass’ contingency plan is covered – a necessity when dealing with the management of HCRW. Container compliance is featured, as well as a personality profile on Doug Anderson who has been involved in Compass since inception.
Healthcare risk waste is a vital service and, as a result, is governed by numerous pieces of international, national, provincial and local legislation. Shepstone & Wylie details the ramifications for generators not monitoring the full ‘cradle to grave’ process. Compass announces its B-BBEE partnership with Gap Capital.
The health effects of Mercury exposure kicks off this publication followed by the announcement of Compass winning the pmr.africa award for excellence. Dr Mzukisi, the chairman of the South African Medical Association, covers the topic of patient records – the ethical and legal considerations.
Clinical microbiologist, Terry Grimmond, alerts us to the fact that in just 18 months the Zika virus has spread to 28 countries across the world. The ‘golden rules’ for handling healthcare risk waste containers is spelt out, and the introduction of our improved scanning system is featured.
Terry Grimmond, clinical microbiologist and international speaker on sharps safety, writes about his 12 week deployment to help combat the spread of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone. We introduce you to our treatment shift supervisor, William Shozi, and the opening of our Clayville treatment facility takes place.