The Bermuda Hospitals Board is now using a new system to dispose of its hazardous waste. A macerator which uses steam to sterilize has been installed, tested and is in use. Biological and infectious materials as well as needles, syringes and disposable surgical equipment are now heated to 270 degrees – killing all pathogens and effectively sterilizing the material while producing no emissions.
The environmentally friendly macerator replaces BHB’s bio-oxidiser. The bio-oxidiser was an incinerator specially designed to burn biological and hazardous materials found at hospitals. These materials are referred to as ‘red bag ‘waste. (Government’s Tynes Bay incinerator did not reach high enough temperatures to handle BHB’s red bag waste.)
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