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Cannabis (Marijuana) Waste Disposal

Cannabis waste, or Marijuana waste must be disposed of properly. If a place selling or growing cannabis is licensed, the licensees will need to comply with all applicable waste management laws including, but not limited to, Division 30 of the Public Resources Code.

Click here to view the State Of California’s new rules and regulations regarding cannabis disposal (sections 5054 and on…)

Why Is Cannabis Waste  Regulated?

California has one of the largest markets for marijuana in the United States. State officials have to address security and cannabis abuse concerns. With the influx of dispensaries and licensed marijuana growers, people are easily able to access trimmings and other leftover cannabis materials. People can take advantage of scraps left behind in dumpsters and consume it at their leisure. Children can stumble on product that is not labeled or packaged. It may sound ridiculous, but it happens.

Another reason cannabis waste is being regulated is for the State of California to track cannabis from conception to outcome. Tracking the amount of cannabis waste that is generated will help the State understand what happens to the product and how much of it actually sells. So, if you own a business that deals with the growing or sale of cannabis, you will need to closely review cannabis waste regulations.

You Cannot Use or Sell Cannabis Waste.

You cannot dispose of your cannabis waste in traditional trash containers or in dumpsters where it may be accessible to the undersirable public. Cannabis waste must be disposed of in a regulated manner. It must be kept in a secure pharmaceutical waste receptacle in a secure area on your licensed premises where access is limited to employees and the medical waste agency responsible for hauling it off for disposal- Somewhere that is not open to the general public.

What is Considered Cannabis Waste?

  1. Any expired marijuana product. This includes stale flower, flower that is unusable due to contamination (pesticides) marijuana concentrates, tinctures or oils that have gone rancid, topical cannabis creams that have expired, and cannabis-infused edibles that have spoiled.

         2. If you run a dispensary, testing lab, or any brand that manufactures                 consumable marijuana, any material that has made contact with cannabis will need to be disposed of in a regulated manner.

As a cultivator of cannabis, the medium you’ve been using to grow the cannabis in (such as soil, rockwool, clay pebbles) will need to be placed in a secured receptacle once the plants have reached maturity.

Leftover trimmings of marijuana are considered regulated marijuana waste as well.

To be on the safe side, anything that has cannabis residue of some sort should be considered cannabis waste.

Cannabis waste may include:

  •         Soil, rock wool, clay pebbles or sponge used for cultivation.
  •         Unused cannabis trimmings.
  •         Unused cannabis
  •         Unused oils, extracts, other cannabis liquids.
  •         Expired, unused, leftover edibles and drinks.
  •         Unused cannabis grinders.
  •         Unused cannabis vape pens.
  •         Unused cannabis capsules, containers, wrappings, packaging, etc.
  •         Empty nutrition boxes/packaging.

How to Properly Dispose of Cannabis Waste:

You must keep cannabis waste in a proper waste receptacle placed in a secure area.

A pharmaceutical waste container is the appropriate licensed waste receptacle to use for marijuana waste disposal on your premises. Our waste disposal company provides the appropriate receptacles as part of our service package and at no additional cost to you. We also carry pharmaceutical waste containers to be purchased separately for a one-time fee if desired.

Cannabis waste must be rendered unrecognizable or unusable before disposal.

Usually, as a medical waste disposal company, we will be responsible for making sure all regulations are followed, including this one.

However, in some states, (Colorado is one) the marijuana waste has to be rendered unrecognizable or unusable before leaving the premises. In that case, you can pour some kind of detergent or grease over the marijuana waste. You can also grind it with another approved non-consumable solid waste until the marijuana is incorporated and the resulting mixture is at least 50 percent non-cannabis waste.

Marijuana waste disposal- liquids and solids.

Disposal must be documented.

There are three options for marijuana waste disposal.

  1. Self-hauling cannabis waste to a waste disposal facility
  2. Hiring a local agency, a local agency franchiser, or permitted private medical waste hauler to dispose of cannabis waste.
  3. Composting cannabis waste on the licensed premises.

Self-Hauling Cannabis Waste:

Cannabis waste can be disposed of at a manned, fully permitted solid waste facility, a fully permitted composting facility or composting operation, a fully permitted in-vessel digestion facility, a fully permitted transfer/processing facility, or a fully permitted chip and grind operation.

Most cannabis waste disposal companies consider marijuana and its waste products to be incineration waste and will use a manned, fully permitted solid waste facility to dispose of cannabis waste.

Only the business licensee or employees can transport cannabis waste to a solid waste facility. Once the cannabis/marijuana waste has been dropped off, you will need a copy of a certified weight ticket or receipt documenting the delivery from the solid waste facility for each delivery.

Hiring a  Cannabis or Medical Waste Disposal Company:

MedWaste Management will provide you with the paperwork you need for your records. Documents include:

*The name of the entity hauling the waste; (that’s us)

*Documentation that shows the date and time of each collection of marijuana waste from your premises.

*A copy of the certified waste ticket, or other document that confirms the receipt of the cannabis waste at a fully permitted cannabis waste facility.

As a veteran medical waste disposal company, we take care of all aspects of regulated cannabis waste disposal, especially the paperwork, which can be a real hassle.

Composting Cannabis:

If you choose to compost the cannabis waste on your own premises, you will need to be in compliance with  Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations at Chapter 3.1 (commencing with Section 17850).

There are cannabis waste composting facilities that operate like any other solid waste disposal facilities. We, the medical waste disposal company, pick up the waste and deliver it to the composting facility. They provide  all the necessary legal paperwork, and they dispose of the cannabis waste in a way that reduces carbon footprint.

In Canada, Micron Waste Technologies, an organic waste technology company, is developing its on-site cannabis waste treatment system.  The Gaiaca company in Monterey, CA is also working on a better environmental solution for cannabis waste disposal. Cannabis waste disposal is a growing need now that marijuana is a legalized and regulated substance, so hopefully there will be more companies offering cannabis composting solutions soon.

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We are MedWaste Management – California’s medical waste disposal experts!

Established in 2008, MedWaste Management brings great benefit to the healthcare industry and the general public alike. We publish this blog to to spread useful and practical information to help people stay safe, smart and healthy!

Call us with any questions or to start service at (866) 254-5105. We are always happy to speak!

Check out our services and other great resources in the links below.

Medical Waste Disposal Services 

MedWaste’s Blog Index

Medical Waste Regulations

Medical Waste Products 

California Bureau Of Cannabis Control

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is the largest managed care organization in the United States. It is  made up of three distinct but interdependent groups of entities: the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. (KFHP) and its regional operating subsidiaries; Kaiser Foundation Hospitals; and the regional Permanente Medical Groups.

As of 2017, Kaiser Permanente operates in eight states (Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia) and the District of Columbia.

Why Kaiser Permanente?

Kaiser Permanente is a managed care oganization, in which patients agree to visit only certain doctors and hospitals, and in which the cost of treatment is monitored by a managing company.

Each entity of Kaiser Permanente has its own management and governance structure, although all of the structures are interdependent and cooperative to a great extent.

Kaiser Permanente’s insurance plans are more than just insurance plans. They are an entry into the Kaiser Permanente network. You can get more personalized care from top-notch doctors and specialists without being sent to their various offices and re-doing all the paperwork at each location. The coordinated care teams work with you so Doctors and specialists can talk to each other, which speeds up care and keeps everyone on the same page. It’s easier to lay back and worry about getting better when an entire team has your back. 

Total health takes teamwork.

Kaiser Permanente also offers digital tools that help manage your health.

All this under one roof.

Kaiser Permanente’s performance has been attributed to three practices:

1) Kaiser Permanente puts a strong emphasis on preventive care, which reduces costs later on.

Doctors are paid a salary rather than paid per service.

2)This removes the incentive for Doctors to order or perform unnecessary procedures. It also lets them take the time to really get involved with their patient’s needs. This results in more focused care, reducing secondary health issues and lowering  overall cost.

3) Kaiser Permanente tries to minimize the time patients spend in hospitals by carefully planning their stay and by shifting care to outpatient clinics. This practice results in lower costs per member, reduced cost for Kaiser Permanente, and more Doctor attention to patients.

As of October 2017, Kaiser Permanente had 11.7 million health plan members, 208,975 employees, 21,275 physicians, 54,072 nurses, 39 medical centers, and 720 medical facilities.

 As of December 31, 2016, the non-profit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals entities reported a combined $3.1 billion in net income on $64.6 billion in operating revenues.

Locations:

As of 2017, Kaiser Permanente operates in eight states: Southern California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Oregon/Washington, the Mid-Atlantic Statesand the District of ColumbiaCare centers are easy to locate on the Kaiser Permanente website.

Plans:

Choose the type of plan that’s right for you, your family, or your employees. You can compare the different plans offered by Kaiser Permanente.

If you would like to be seen by a specific Doctor, or check if a specific Doctor is part of the Kaiser Permanente network, you can find a Doctor on the Kaiser Permanente’s website.

Research and publishing:

Kaiser Permanente also operates a Division of Research, which annually conducts between 200 and 300 studies, and the Center for Health Research which in 2009 had more than 300 active studies. The studies are primarily funded by federal, state, and other outside (non-Kaiser) institutions. Many of the studies reflect the bias that Kaiser Permanente has for preventive medicine. Vaccine and genetic studies are prominent.

Health isn’t an industry. It’s a cause.

Kaiser Permanente was founded on the radically simple idea that everyone deserves the chance to live a healthy life. That’s why you can find high-quality care and coverage in one place.

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We are MedWaste Management – California’s medical waste disposal experts!

Established in 2008, MedWaste Management brings great benefit to the healthcare industry and the general public alike. We publish this blog to to spread useful and practical information to help people stay safe, smart and healthy!

Call us with any questions or to start service at (866) 254-5105. We are always happy to speak!

Check out our services and other great resources in the links below.

Medical Waste Disposal Services 

MedWaste’s Blog Index

Medical Waste Regulations

Medical Waste Products 

Home Generated Medical Waste Drop-Off Points In California

 

 

 

 

Product Recall: Dragon Kratom Powder and Encapsulation

Kratom, or  Mitragyna speciosa  is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family. It is native to Southeast Asia and is indigenous to Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea, where it has been used in traditional medicine since at least the 19th century. Kratom has some stimulantlike effects and opioid properties .

Why is this kratom product being recalled?

Maya Distribution, LLC of South Salt Lake City, Utah is voluntarily recalling Dragon Kratom bottles and sealed packages of encapsulated and raw powder product because it is potentially contaminated with Salmonella. On top of all the other Kratom side effects the FDA is checking into, now you may end up with Salmonella too.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious, sometimes fatal, infections in people with compromised immune systems. (The young, the elderly, and the frail.)  Healthy people who get infected with Salmonella often experience abdominal pain, diarrhea (possibly bloody)vomiting, nausea and fever. Under rare circumstances, the Salmonella infection can get into the bloodstream, producing severe illnesses like arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.

Which Products are Contaminated?

The possibly affected products are listed on the FDA website as follows:

Name Packaging Contents UPC
Dragon Ultra Enhanced Indo Extract Sealed pouch 4 500 mg capsules 66001000010
Dragon Malaysian Sealed Bottle 150 gram powder 660010010057
Dragon Malaysian Sealed Pouch 20 500 mg capsules 660010010033
Dragon Malaysian Sealed Bottle 200 500 mg capsules 660010010040
Dragon Malaysian Sealed Bottle 80 500 mg capsules 060010000019
Dragon Malaysian Sealed Bottle 40 500 mg capsules 060010000018
Dragon Malaysian Sealed Bottle 40 500 mg capsules 660010010026
Dragon Malaysian Sealed Pouch 20 500 mg capsules 660010010033
Dragon Maeng Da Sealed Bottle 150 gram powder 550010010051
Dragon Maeng Da Sealed Bottle 60 gram powder 550010000021
Dragon Maeng Da Sealed Bottle 200 500 mg capsules 550010010044
Dragon Maeng Da Sealed Bottle 80 500 mg capsules 550010010013
Dragon Maeng Da Sealed Bottle 40 500 mg capsules 550010010020
Dragon Maeng Da Sealed Bottle 80 500 mg capsules 440010010037
Dragon Bali Sealed Bottle 150 gram powder 440010010055
Dragon Bali Sealed Bottle 60 gram powder 440010000025
Dragon Bali Sealed Bottle 200 500 mg capsules 440010010048
Dragon Bali Sealed Bottle 80 500 mg capsules 440010010017
Dragon Bali Sealed Bottle 40 500 mg capsules 440010010024
Dragon Bali Sealed Pouch 20 500 mg capsules 440010010031

Product photos are up on the FDA recall website as well.  

Was Anybody Harmed by the Product?

To date, one illness has been reported after the recall was initiated when Maya Distribution was notified of positive Salmonella test results by the Food and Drug Administration.  Maya Distribution has identified the supplier and source of contaminated product and has ceased the production and distribution of the product. The contaminated bottles were sold directly to 28 retailers in Utah, 26 in Arizona, and 1 in each of Nevada, Wyoming, Kansas, Illinois, Idaho, Iowa, and Michigan.

Consumers who may be in possession of potentially contaminated products are advised not to consume products labeled Dragon, Dragon Kratom, Dragon Malaysian, Dragon Ultra Enhanced Indo Extract, Dragon Bali, or Dragon Maeng Da.  

What do I do with the product I purchased?

Products associated with this recall can be returned to Maya Distribution. You will receive  a full refund.  Customers can also return product to the place of purchase for a refund. Retail stores will receive a full refund from Maya Distribution within 14 days of the Report.

Maya Distribution is cooperating with the Food and Drug Administration to destroy all recalled products that are returned.

Customers with questions about this issue can contact Maya Distribution.

Email:  mayavapes@yahoo.com. 

 Phone: (801) 410-4309 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MST.

Any updates from the FDA on Kratom in general?

In February, the FDA put out a press announcement on kratom to reiterate its concerns on risks associated with this opioid. The FDA is overseeing the destruction and recall of kratom products.

The FDA has warned consumers not to use any products containing kratom. As of February 2018,  44 related deaths linked with kratom use have been reported through the FDA, most often when used with other substances.

Health care professionals and consumers should report any adverse events related to kratom use to the FDA MedWatch Program.

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We are MedWaste Management – California’s medical waste disposal experts!

Established in 2008, MedWaste Management brings great benefit to the healthcare industry and the general public alike. We publish this blog to to spread useful and practical information to help people stay safe, smart and healthy!

Call us with any questions or to start service at (866) 254-5105. We are always happy to speak!

Check out our services and other great resources in the links below.

Medical Waste Disposal Services 

MedWaste’s Blog Index

Medical Waste Regulations

Medical Waste Products 

Home Generated Medical Waste Drop-Off Points In California

needles and medicines at the home

How do I dispose of home generated medical waste?

Click here for a list of FREE approved locations to drop off home medical waste at, in California.

How do I dispose of home-generated medical waste?

Package It: Make sure to package your home sharps waste and needles in approved travel sized or medium sized or large sharps containers. This will allow the waste to be safely handled and transported for disposal . If you don’t yet have a sharps container, try packaging your sharps waste in a heavy duty plastic container, such as a laundry detergent bottle, for the meanwhile. Medicine waste can be packaged in a rigid container. Any printed information about the medicine or prescribed patient, should be erased or covered. 

Dispose Of It: Bring your home generated medical waste to your local California State approved collection site for free and proper disposal.  Remember, all sharps waste must be properly packaged.   For medicine waste, check which of the collection sites on the list indicate that they also accept medicines for disposal.

The not free free option: If you need a professional company to come collect and dispose of your medical waste, contact MedWaste Management at (866) 254-5105. We collect and dispose of all types of medical waste, from all types of facilities in California, such as healthcare facilities, schools, homes and businesses. Since this disposal option is not free, it is recommended for the disposal of large quantities of home generated medical waste, or anyone who wants to pay for this convenience.

What is home-generated medical waste? 

In Septemebr 2008, it became illegal in California to place your home-generated sharps waste in the regular trash container, or to flush it down the toilet.

  • Sharps Waste – Home-generated sharps waste means hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets, and other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications derived from a household, including a multifamily residence or household. See California’s Medical Waste Management Act section 117671.
  • Medicine Waste – Home-generated medicine waste means expired or unused medicines, whether prescription or over the counter.

Browse For Local California County Info:

Alameda County:

Alameda County – Find information about how to properly dispose of home generated sharps and medicine waste in Alameda County, CA.

Alameda County Medication Drop Off Sites – Find the 41 locations, where Alameda County residents can drop off unwanted prescription and Over-the-Counter drugs and medications, including controlled substances.

Alameda County Public Health Dept. –  Find information about how to properly dispose of home generated sharps waste in Alameda County, CA.

CityofLivermore.net  Find information about how to properly dispose of home generated sharps waste in the city of Livermore, CA.

StopWaste.org – Find out where to dispose of of sharps waste and medicine waste in the cities of Fremont, Hayward, Livermore and Oakland, in Alameda County, CA.

Alpine County:

Amador County:

Butte County:

Butte County –  Find information about how to properly dispose of home generated sharps waste in Butte County, CA.

CityofOroville.org – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in the city of Oroville, CA.

Calaveras County:

Colusa County:

Countyof Colusa.org – Learn and see a video about how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in Orange County, CA.

Contra Costa County:

ContraCostacountyhealth.org – Learn more about how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in Orange County, CA.

DeltaDiablo.org – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste in Delta Diablo District, in East Contra Costa County, CA.

PleasantHill.ca.us – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste in the city of Pleasant Hill, CA.

Del Norte County:

El Dorado County:

ElDoradoCountygov.us – Learn more about how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in El Dorado County, CA.

Fresno County:

Glenn County:

Humboldt County:

Imperial County:

Inyo County:

Kern County:

KernCountywaste.com – Learn about how to dispose of home generated sharps waste in Kern County, CA.

Kings County:

Lake County:

Lassen County:

Los Angeles County:

Azusa.ca.us – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in the city of Azusa, CA.

AgouraHills.ca.us – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in the city of Agoura Hills, CA.

Calrecycle.ca.gov – Find locations throughout California that will accept a variety of special wastes.

Calrecycle.ca.gov – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in California.

CityofBell.org – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in the city of Bell, CA.

Lakewoodcity.org – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in the city of Lakewood, CA.

dpwLAcounty.gov – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in Los Angeles County, CA.

MontereyPark.ca.govLearn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in the city of Monterey Park, CA.

Madera County:

Marin County:

MarinCounty.org  – Learn more about how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in Marin County, CA.

Mariposa County:

Mendocino County:

Merced County:

Modoc County:

Mono County:

Monterey County:

Napa County:

CountyofNapa.org – Learn about how to dispose of home generated sharps waste in Napa County, CA.

Nevada County:

KeepTruckeeGreena.org – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in the city of Truckee, CA.

Orange County:

FountainValley.org – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and medicine waste in the city of Fountain Valley, CA.

LaHabracity.org – Learn about how to dispose of home generated sharps waste in the city of La Habra, CA.

Orangecounty.com – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in Orange County, CA.

Orangecountyhealth.com – Learn more about how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in Orange County, CA.

RanchoSantaMargarita.org – Learn about how to dispose of home generated sharps waste in the city of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.

SanJuanCapistrano.org – Learn about how to dispose of home generated sharps waste in the city of San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Placer County:

RecyclinginLincoln.com – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in the city of Lincoln, CA.

Plumas County:

CountyofPlumas –  Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste waste in Plumas County, CA.

Riverside County:

Coronaca.gov – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste in the city of Corona, CA.

Riversidecounty.org –  Find information about how to properly dispose of home generated sharps waste in Riverside County, CA.

CityofCommerce.ca.us – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in the city of Commerce, CA.

Temeculaca.gov – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in the city of Temecula, CA.

Sacramento County:

CityofSacramento.org – Learn how to dispose of home generated hazardous waste and pharmaceutical waste in the city of Sacramento, CA.

San Benito County:

San Bernardino County:

Adelentoca.gov – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste in the city of Adelento, CA.

AppleValley.org – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in the town of Apple Valley, CA.

CityofChino.org – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste in the city of Chino, CA.

CityofCommerce.ca.us – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in the city of Commerce, CA.

Fontana.org –  Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste in the city of Fontana, CA.

SanBernardinoCounty.gov – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and medication waste in Los Angeles County, CA.

Victorville.gov – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in the city of Los Angeles County, CA.

San Diego County:

Oceanside.ca.us – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste in the city of Oceanside, CA.

Poway.org – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and medication waste in the city of Poway, CA.

CityofSanteeca.gov – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste in the city of Santee, CA.

San Joaquin County:

Stocktongov.com – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and medicine waste in the city of Stockton, CA.

San Luis Obispo County:

SanLuisObispoCountyiwma.com – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste in San Luis Obispo County, CA.

Santa Clara County:

MountainView.gov – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and medicine waste in the city of Mountain View, CA.

San Diego County:

SanDiegocounty.gov – Learn how to dispose of home generated hazardous waste and pharmaceutical waste in San Diego County, CA.

San Francisco County:

San Joaquin County:

San Luis Obispo County:

San Mateo:

SanMateoCountyhealth.org – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste in San Mateo County, CA.

Santa Barbara County:

CountyofSantaBarbara.org – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste in Santa Barbara County, CA.

Santa Clara County:

SantaClara.org – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and medicine waste in Santa Clara County, CA.

SantaClaraFireDept.org – Learn more about how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and medicine waste in Santa Clara County, CA.

Santa Cruz County:

Shasta County:

Sierra County:

Siskiyou County:

Solano County:

Sonoma County:

RecycleNow.org – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste in Sonoma County, CA.

Stanislaus County:

Stanislauscounty.com – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in Stanislaus County, CA.

Sutter County:

YubaSutterRecycles.com –  Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in Sutter County, CA.

Tehama County:

Trinity County:

Tulare County:

Visalia.city – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste in the city of Visalia, CA.

Tuolumne County:

Ventura County:

Simivalley.org – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in the city of Simi Valley, CA.

VenturaCountyrma.org – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste in Ventura County, CA.

VenturaCountypublicworks.org – Learn how to dispose of home generated pharmaceutical waste in Ventura County, CA.

Yolo County:

CityofDavis.org – Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical waste in the city of Davis, CA.

Yolocounty.org –  Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste in Sonoma County, CA.

Yuba County:

YubaSutterRecycles.com –  Learn how to dispose of home generated sharps waste and pharmaceutical in Yuba County, CA.

How can I accept home-generated medical waste at my health care facility or business?

If you have a medical facility or business that generated medical waste, and you already properly dispose of your medical waste, you can easily start accepting home-generated medical waste from your patients and community.

Just make sure of the following:

  • The sharps must be contained in an approved sharps container.
  • The generator of the home-generated sharps waste, or a member of his or her family, must bring the sharps waste to your facility.
  • The sharps waste is accepted at a central location at your facility.
  • You must properly dispose of the home-generated medical waste that you accept, just as your properly dispose of your facility’s medical waste.
  •  A reference to, and a description of, the above actions are
    included in your facility’s medical waste management plan.

See California’s Medical Waste Management Act Section 118147.

We are MedWaste Management – California’s medical waste disposal experts!

Established in 2008, MedWaste Management brings great benefit to the healthcare industry and the general public alike. We publish this blog to to spread useful and practical information to help people stay safe, smart and healthy!

Call us with any questions or to start service at (866) 254-5105. We are always happy to speak!

Check out our services and other great resources in the links below.

Medical Waste Disposal Services 

MedWaste’s Blog Index

Medical Waste Regulations

Medical Waste Products 

Home Generated Medical Waste Drop-Off Points In California

 

LabCorp

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, more commonly known as LabCorp, is an American S&P 500 company with headquarters in North Carolina. LabCorp has one of the largest networks of clinical laboratories in the world. 36 primary laboratories are located within the United States.

About LabCorp:

LabCorp was an early pioneer of genomic testing using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology, at its Center for Molecular Biology and Pathology in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. It also performs other molecular diagnostics, and does oncology testing, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) genotyping and phenotyping.

LabCorp operates the National Genetics Institute, Inc. (NGI) in Los Angeles, California which develops PCR testing methods. Its ViroMed facility performs real-time PCR microbial testing using laboratory-developed assays. The largest volume of specialty testing is performed at its headquarters; the Center for Esoteric Testing in Burlington, North Carolina.

They utilize seven PA-31-350′s and one PC-12 aircraft on nightly runs from Burlington, NC for use on the East Coast.

LabCorp also operates in Puerto Rico and in three Canadian provinces.

Locations:

LabCorp has 36 primary lab locations across the United States.

You can use the LabCorp laboratory locator to find a lab closest to you.

Hours:

Each location will have its own hours, so you will need to check the location details before scheduling your appointment or walking in.

Some services (like drug testing) are only available during certain hours. Check before you come in!

Appointments:

Appointments need to be made at least two hours in advance.

Walk-ins are also welcome.

Please note:Not all labs offer all services. You need to check with each location.

Labs are generally the busiest from opening until 10:00 AM. Unless you are required to fast, it’s best to schedule an appointment during off-peak hours.

If you are looking for a specific kind of test, LabCorp’s test menu provides a comprehensive list of specialty and general laboratory testing services.  

LabCorp is enhancing your check- in experience.

You can now use your phone, tablet or computer to schedule a visit, input the paperwork you need for your appointment and receive confirmations by text or email with LabCorp PreCheck.

Walking inis also faster with LabCorp Express. You scan your driver’s license or other state-issued ID the first time you visit, then input you insurance information. Pick the reason for your visit and LabCorp Express will provide you with the next available appointment.

Best of all, every time you return to LabCorp, they will remember you as a returning patient, saving you time for future check ins.

What should you bring?

  • The LabCorp test request form requesting the laboratory testing (Your healthcare professional should give this to you or send it directly to the lab)
  • A current insurance identification card (Medicare, Private Insurance or HMO/PPO).You can look up insurance carriers filed by LabCorp.
  • A photo ID (for example, a driver’s license or employee identification badge)
  • Cash, a health spending account card, credit card, or account debit card.

LabCorp staff will make the specimen collection process as safe, quick, and comfortable as possible while safeguarding your dignity and privacy.

Children must be supervised at all times while at our labs. Please plan ahead.

Payment:

There are a variety of payment options.  LabCorp offers you convenient online options for paying bills, updating insurance information, and sending secure emails to the LabCorp billing department.

LabCorp will file claims directly to Medicare, Medicaid, and many insurance companies and managed care plans.

LabCorp offers a Sign-and-Go Preauthorized Credit Card Option.

If you do not have insurance or your health care benefits do not cover clinical laboratory testing services, you will have to pay for the tests performed by LabCorp before specimen collection services are performed.

  • Certain routine tests are available at discounted prices through the LabAccess Partnership Program. To take advantage of this program, you must have your specimen collected at a LabCorp patient service center, and you must pay for your test in full at the time of service.
  • An automated payment collection process is available at many of our patient service centers, as well as certain doctor’s offices where a phlebotomist (person who performs blood draws) is on site to perform specimen collection services for LabCorp.
  • We accept cash, personal checks, and all major credit cards.

If you need additional assistance, LabCorp offers programs to address those patients who have true financial needs, including:

  • Special payment plans for financial hardship
  • Indigent request from physician/facility
  • LabAccess Partnership program

Please call us at 800-845-6167 for more information about these programs.

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Product Recall: Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection

What is Piperacillin and Tazobactam?

Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection is used to treat patients for infection caused by susceptible isolates of the designated bacteria in the patient’s skin and skin structure, intra-abdominal inflammation, and female pelvic infections. It is also used for moderate-to-severe pneumonia.

It comes in a carton containing 10 single-dose vials. The product can be identified as a ‘clear vial stoppered with grey rubber stopper and sealed with aluminum seals having a Royal Blue color polypropylene disc’.

Why is it being recalled?

The products have been found to contain particulate matter that was confirmed to be glass within the vial.

The administration of a glass particulate, in an intravenous drug, can result in local irritation or swelling in the best case scenario. More serious outcomes would include blockage and clotting in blood vessels, which can be life-threatening.

To date, AuroMedics Pharma LLC has not received reports of any adverse events or identifiable safety concerns attributed to the product consumed from these lots

Which lots of Piperacillin & Tazobactam are a problem?

AuroMedics Pharma LLC is voluntarily recalling two lots of Piperacillin and Tazobactam for injection, USP 3.375 g (Piperacillin Sodium equivalent to 3 g of Piperacillin USP and Tazobactam Sodium equivalent to 0.375 g of Tazobactam USP. Each vial contains 7.05 mEq (162 mg) of Sodium) in a Single-Dose vial, to the hospital level.

The affected Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection lots being recalled are PP0317061-A, Exp. Aug 2019, and PP0317049-A, Exp. Aug 2019.  The product can be identified as a ‘clear vial stoppered with grey rubber stopper and sealed with aluminum seals having a Royal Blue color polypropylene disc’. AuroMedics shipped the entire lots to wholesalers and/or hospitals nationwide Dec 6, 2017, through Apr 25, 2018.

Consumers/distributors/retailers that have the product lots which are being recalled should immediately stop using and return to place of purchase/contact their doctor as appropriate.

Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

How do I return the Piperacillin & Tazobactam vials that I purchased?

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact AuroMedics Customer Service on weekdays from 9:00AM to 5:00PM EST at 888-238-7880 Option 1.

If you need assistance in returning your product or have questions about the recall process, contact Inmar at 800-967-5952 weekdays Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EST. Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA website has more details about this recall.

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Quest Diagnostics Labs

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated is an American clinical laboratory founded in 1967. They became an independent corporation in 1996. Quest Diagnostics operates in United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and has a lab in India. Quest Diagnostics also consult and collaborate with hospitals and clinics globally to interpret unusual lab results and develop testing that is  more efficient and specific.

Locations

Quest Diagnostics have more than 2,200 Patient Service Centers nationwide. Find a Quest Diagnostics Location.

Appointments:

You can Make an Appointment  online or call the automated system:  (888)277-8772.

Quest Diagnostics does take walk-ins, but keep in mind that walk-ins will usually need to spend some time waiting. Scheduling is recommended; besides for keeping your in-and-out time more predictable, it also gives you the option of getting pre-appointment emails with useful information and reminders about the specific test you will be getting.

If you still need to walk in, keep in mind that Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Centers are usually busiest in the early morning. You may want to avoid arriving before nine thirty.

Payment and Billing:

Quest Diagnostics is accepted by most health insurance providers. They accept most major credit cards, debit cards, and health savings account cards. They offer paperless billing, online bill paying, and payment options like Easy Pay™. They also offer Payment Assistance, for patients who qualify.

Services:

Quest offers more than 3,500 kinds of lab tests and screenings. Some of the tests are common (screening for diabetes) and some are hard to find anywhere else.

Quest Diagnostics collect enough specimen for thorough testing. They follow the highest standards for testing in the industry.

Fast results. Quest employs  3,500 drivers and pilots deliver specimens to Quest Diagnostics laboratories as fast as possible.

Easy Access. Patients can access lab results digitally through MyQuest™, another cool service offered by Quest Diagnostics.

Physician Assistance. Services are not only for patients! Quest Diagnostics also offers a host of information and services for physicians. They have 650 Specialists, including MDs and PhDs, to help doctors interpret lab results and develop a plan of action. They also offer cutting-edge testing, which they continually research and develop.

Esoteric Test Options. Quest Diagnostics offers highly specialized tests that most normal labs don’t perform. They have more than 1,500 Esoteric Test Options,  utilizing cutting-edge technologies. These include  innovative applications of gene sequencing, bioinformatics, mass spectrometry, digital pathology and  proteomics to  meet the diagnostic needs of a wider variety of patients.

From personal experience and from reading many customer reviews, I feel like I can vouch for the quality of service at Quest Diagnostics.

Their technicians are both skilled and compassionate and they really know their medical waste management protocols.

I check for Waste Containers and chat with the technicians when I need to get a test done. I walk out relieved because it wasn’t an ordeal, (maybe even a relatively pleasant experience), and impressed with their knowledge of lab protocol.

Before you go:

*Parking differs from location to location. Double check the information to make sure it applies to the location you will be visiting.

*Bring the following to your appointment:

 The lab order from your doctor. Doctors usually send the lab order electronically and you may not even have received a backup copy. If this is the case, call ahead to check if the order was sent and/or received by the Quest Diagnostics lab.

 – Photo identification

 – Current health insurance information

It’s important to also know if your test requires fasting the day before and/or morning of your appointment. Your healthcare provider should have indicated this on your lab order or during your visit. If you are not sure, call to check with your provider.

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Product Recall: Atorvastatin

Atorvastatin is a generic form of the popular drug Lipitor. (It’s actually Atorvastatin Calcium, called Atorvastatin for simplicity) Its primary use is limiting the body’s production of cholesterol and other fatty substances.

It went generic  in late 2011 and is one of the five most popular generic drugs since 2012.

Serious though not common side effects may include severe allergic reactions, confusion, muscle pain, depression, painful and/or frequent urination, severe back or stomach pain, and liver problems. More common side effects are joint pain, sore throat, and gastrointestinal issues.

On January 31, 2018, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories initiated voluntary recall of over 80,000 bottles of Atorvastatin Calcium Tablets 10mg, 20mg and 40mg from the US market.

US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) issued a notification to declare that multiple lots of Atorvastatin 10 mg, 90 count and 500 count bottles; 20 mg, 90 count and 500 count bottles and 40 mg, 90 count bottles, are being withdrawn from the market.

According to the USFDA, the reason for the recall was, “Failed Impurities/Degradations specifications; out-of-specification results observed for Total Degradation Impurities during stability.”

Recall letter from Dr. Reddy’s labs

There have been four major recalls of Atorvastatin Calcium since the popular drug went generic in 2012, with 33 recalls total. The biggest recall was the 2017 Mylan recall of 2.4 million bottles. The reason was “microbial contamination.”

The smallest recall was from Physicians Total Care and it involved only three bottles. There were complaints of an “uncharacteristic odor”, which led to the discovery of foreign chemicals in the tablets.

 Atorvastatin Recall Report

Recalls can cost a lot of money. One way to avoid the high price of drug recalls  is to work with us. We can reduce your Medical Waste Disposal overhead costs.

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Product Recall: Lisinopril (Zestril, Prinivil)

Product Recall: Lisinopril (Zestril, Prinivil)

In 2016, Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc voluntarily recalled 30mg and 40mg bottles of Lisinopril tablets as a result of contamination during manufacturing.

The previous year, Wockhardt recalled its 5mg and 20mg tablets for the same reason.

As of August 2016, the FDA  banned three of their manufacturing facilities. At least two plants were banned for ignoring complaints from consumer and breaches of sanitation requirements. A third facility was banned for undisclosed reasons. On top of that, they were also guilty of destroying records and fabricating drug testing results.

Lisinopril, also sold as Zestril and Prinivil, is an ACE inhibitor used for  high blood pressure.

In the past few years, Lisinopril has been linked to liver damage and liver failure. Both liver damage and liver failure are life-threatening and often fatal.

Lisinopril lawyers are reviewing claims and looking into a Lisinopril lawsuit.

Read more:

https://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/lawsuit/lisinopril-liver-damage.html

 Lisinopril’s side effects include liver failure and angioedema, both of which can be fatal.

Angioedema is a rare reaction to lisinopril- a swelling usually below the surface of the skin. It could be swelling around the eyes, mouth or throat, and sometimes in the intestines.In cases where there is swelling of the tongue or throat the airway can be blocked. The only way to save the victim is by intubation or tracheotomy to open the airway. If the swelling becomes severe too quickly the patient may die from lack of oxygen.

Survivors of severe angioedema can suffer permanent brain injury from lack of oxygen.

Although most people who develop ACE inhibitor-induced angioedema experience the reaction shortly after they begin using the drug, it can occur months or even years after starting lisinopril. Some cases reported lisinopril angioedema even shortly after the drug was stopped.

To read more about patients who experienced  lisinopril angioedema, check out the comments on this article:

https://www.usrecallnews.com/lisinopril/

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Medical Identity Theft- the New Frontier

Is Medical Identity Theft the new frontier for Identity Theft?

More and more healthcare organizations rely on the collection and use of personal data via online platforms to provide care and perform mission-critical functions.

This is a wonderful development. It’s important for Doctors to be able to share your health needs, diagnoses, and treatment information with each other. It’s nice when you don’t have to carry a bulging folder of your medical testing results every time you go in to see a Specialist, because they can access your medical file from their computer. In an emergency, it’s especially important that Doctors have the fastest possible access to medical information.

However, putting the information on a digital platform also invites new security issues, especially since hospitals are relatively new to cybersecurity. Cybercriminals recognize an opportunity to profit and will continue to exploit security gaps to steal and make money from the same information the patient appreciates having access to online.

One reason criminals like Medical Identity Theft is the amount of time it takes before a patient or their provider notices that something is amiss.

This makes medical data more valuable than credit cards, which tend to be quickly canceled by banks once fraud is detected by the system.

There is no Medical Identity Fraud detection system in place yet, which makes it easier for criminals to get to the data. The data is also accessible to many hospital personnel. All it takes is one corrupt account.

“Healthcare providers and hospitals are just some of the easiest networks to break into,” said Jeff Horne, vice president at cybersecurity firm Accuvant, which is majority-owned by private equity firm Blackstone Group.

“As attackers discover new methods to make money, the healthcare industry is becoming a much riper target because of the ability to sell large batches of personal data for profit,” said Dave Kennedy, an expert on healthcare security and CEO of TrustedSEC LLC.

“Hospitals have low security, so it’s relatively easy for these hackers to get a large amount of personal data for medical fraud.”

Cybercriminals can use a patient’s stolen medical information to access their services or other resources, open bank accounts, make online transactions, apply for loans or credit cards, file tax returns to collect rebates, damage the victim’s reputation, expose private information to the public, blackmail the victim with details that should have been kept private, and cause various forms of personal distress.

They can sell the information in bulk on the Dark Net. According to a survey of customers in 2015, medical records and other health information are estimated at $82.90 apiece for U.S. consumers, while a Social Security number is worth $55.70. Payment details, physical location information, home address, marital status, as well as name and gender information are pegged at $45.10, $38.40, $17.90, $6.10 and $2.90, respectively.

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NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) 2014- “Your medical information is worth 10 times more than your credit card number on the black market.”

Bitglass, a security company made the decision to ‘bait’ cybercriminals and then follow the bread crumbs to see how quickly the data traveled on the Dark Net.

In the twelve days that the company monitored the transmissions, they watched the data travel to over twenty two different countries. It was viewed almost 1,100 times.

The information was spread mainly over North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. There were forty seven different parties involved in downloads, mostly in Nigeria, Brazil and Russia, with the highest percentage in Nigeria and Russia.”

(Check the end of this article for link to read more.)

Criminals can even use medical profiles to compromise corporate accounts and use them as gateways to breach more networks.

The effects of medical identity theft are frighteningly far-reaching, costing the victim, the healthcare organization, and probably even taxpayers time, money, and aggravation.

According to the Ponemon Institute, 65 percent of medical identity theft victims spent an average of $13,500 to pay the healthcare bills run up in their name, to recover their health insurance, and to pay lawyer’s fees, among other things.  

They also found that it took an average of more than three months for victims to even detect the fraud, and more than 200 hours to undo the mess

Ann Patterson is a senior vice president of the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA), a group of several dozen healthcare organizations and businesses working to reduce the crime and its negative effects. She reported that approximately  20 percent of victims have told the company that they got the wrong diagnosis or treatment, or that their care was delayed because there was confusion about what was true in their records due to the identity theft.

The repercussions of a data breach for a healthcare organization are daunting.

There is the loss of reputation and patient trust. There is also a risk of huge revenue losses from expenses needed to cover the forensic investigation and mitigation of damages caused by the breach. There are also billing issues for fraudulent billing, and costs involved to provide victims of the crime with reparational support.

Healthcare providers can also be served with civil and criminal penalties in line with the Omnibus rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), with fines that range from $100 to $50,000 per violation (or per record) and an annual maximum of $1.5 million.

On top of all that, recent attacks prompted policy makers to push for more stringent guidelines that will be mandated to the healthcare industry in line with HIPAA and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) in terms of averting the unauthorized exposure of private information.

The one thing that healthcare experts don’t want is to completely lock up our medical data.

Ironically, there are certain kinds of ransomware cybercriminals use to steal the information that pose operational risks to healthcare facilities. For example, they can deny the Doctor’s access to patients medical data and block the IT functions necessary to providing health care services. So if the security doesn’t keep the data locked, the ransomware can cause it to lock up- and security won’t be the ones with the key.

It’s a wild, wild world out there.

Document Shredding, anyone?

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Resources:

Read the 2014 Reuter’s report: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cybersecurity-hospitals/your-medical-record-is-worth-more-to-hackers-than-your-credit-card-idUSKCN0HJ21I20140924

 

 

 

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Hazards at the Hotel and How to Avoid Them

Are hotels as clean as their lobbies would make you think?

I spend my day trying to minimize people’s exposure to harmful pathogens. Medical settings are required to dispose of waste and keep the area sterilized in very specific and highly regulated ways. But sometimes I need a vacation, and then I can’t help wondering: Who is disinfecting the surfaces I share with a whole lot of strangers OUTSIDE the medical setting?

Can I trust regular hotel housekeeping to keep me and my family safe?

Ideal hotel housekeeping is rigorous and regulated. A good hotel will ideally keep at least three sets of sheets and towels for every room in inventory, so it’s easy to change them, and replace them every time a stain is stubborn or it gets “tired” from washing. In a good hotel, the sheets and towels won’t be older than one year.

ALL linens and towels should be replaced between guests, even if the bed appears unused. They should be laundered at high temperatures, with harsher chemicals than you would use at home. A really great hotel will wash the blankets and bedspreads too.

All solid surfaces should be wiped down with appropriate cleaners and disinfectants. The bathroom should be mopped, the bathtub filled with a cleanser, scrubbed, and emptied again. Carpets should be vacuumed, perhaps treated for odor. A good hotel will use just the right amount of chemicals. The scent of excessive disinfectant or perfume is just as bad as a musty or smoky scent for a guest.

The only things a guest should find in the room are the hotel-issued amenities. Whatever has been used, should be switched, and cleaned before going into a room again. (Think: Coffeemaker) The fridge, microwave, drawers and cupboards should be cleaned as well.

A good hotel will ideally keep at least three sets of sheets and towels for every room in inventory.

Rooms should be cleaned every day. That way, if one spot is missed, it will be caught promptly, so dirt or dust doesn’t accumulate. On top of that, a good housekeeping supervisor will create time to get to more obscure assignments that are easily overlooked, like dusting the tops of picture frames, or checking the irons to make sure they work. A good supervisor will only consider a room “ready” when it has been cleaned AND inspected to make sure nothing was overlooked.

Every couple of months, each room should be more deeply cleaned: Mattress aired and flipped over, drapes laundered, furniture cleaned, and carpet steamed.

Depending on who the previous occupant was and how well the room was disinfected, you can catch anything from scabies to a norovirus through contact with contaminated surfaces. (Just to give you an idea- the amount of norovirus particles that fit on the head of a pin would be enough to infect more than 1,000 people.)

Think about these 9 useful tips before your next hotel stay.

So here are 9 tips to avoid infection during your hotel stay.

1 – Pack Smart:

Handy items are a travel-size Lysol disinfectant spray, alchohol (or other disinfecting) wipes, slippers, and clear plastic bags.

2 – Inspect your room before you unpack:

Take a look around. Check the floor, bedding and furniture for stains, hairs, crumbs and debris. Check for mold and mildew in the bathroom and look over the toiletries- they should all be sealed.

Peel back the fitted sheet and check the mattress for signs of bedbugs: dried blood stains, tiny white eggs, or transparent/yellow bedbug skin or shells.

You can also use a cheap bed bug trap- supermarkets sell them. Put the trap under the mattress, (following instructions on the packaging). Check back after an hour. Until you are sure the bed is safe to sleep in, don’t sit on it or put personal belongings on it.

Check the vents and the bathroom fan. Sniff for stange smells, or dust and debris around the ducts that can aggravate allergies or affect your breathing. Also, note if there is a stale smell of cigarettes in a non-smoking room.

The previous guest may have decided to smoke in it anyway.

3 – Wash your hands:

80 percent of infections are transmitted by hands. A lot of people have touched the doorknob, elevator button, stair railing, etc. It’s a good practice to eliminate pathogens on your hands before you eat, drink, touch your face- or contaminate other surfaces in the room.

4 – Sanitize:

Start with the bathroom- it’s the most germy. Use a tissue to lift the toilet seat and spray both sides of the seat with Lysol. Then use alchohol wipes on frequently-touched surfaces: the flush lever, the faucets, doornknobs, drawer handles, light switches, the phone, clock radio, and the remote control. Because the remote control has many crevices, it’s a good idea to simply slide it into a clear plastic bag and use that as a protective cover.

5 – Avoid water glasses:

They are often poorly sterilized between guests. (Sometimes they are just given a quick scrub in the bathroom sink and then placed back on the counter as if they were new.) Either bring your own cup, use the disposable wrapped plastic cups, or wash glasses/mugs with hand soap and hot water and leave them open-side up to dry. The same goes for ice buckets without plastic liners.

6 – Avoid skin contact with surfaces:

Hands off the drapes. They trap a lot of debris and allergens, and the germs build up over time. Be fully clothed when sitting on chairs or  on the sofa.

The carpet isn’t likely to have been sterilized since the last guest. Wear socks or slippers and use shower shoes in the bathroom. If your room has a hard floor it is a bit safer; floors are cleaned more frequently.

7 – Put away the Bedspread:

You are not likely to catch a norovirus from the bedding, but it may be full of allergens or just plain dirty. If there’s a bedspread, put it away in a corner. It’s not likely to have been washed or changed recently. A duvet is a bit safer. Keep the top sheet between you and the cover and fold the sheet over the edge to keep your chin covered as well. Also, for an additional barrier and protection, use a bug repellent like BugBand towelettes or essential oils (lemon, peppermint, rosemary and citronella repel bugs.)

8 – Take a Careful Shower:

Squirt shampoo or soap in the tub or shower and run the water on its hottest setting for a minute to de-germ the area where you will be standing. If you have cuts or abrasions on the bottom of your feet, bandage them or wear slippers. Skipping a bath is recommended due to biofilm, a layer of bacteria that sticks to surfaces like tubs and only comes off with vigorous scrubbing (with a brush) and soap.

9 – Avoid the Drapes!

They trap a lot of debris and allergens.

If you stay at hotels often, you might consider investing in a travel garment steamer. You can use it to steam upholstered surfaces, and even the toilet seat, bedsheets, and parts of the floor. Another useful gadget is a portable UV air sanitizer to get rid of bacteria, mold, dust mites and pet dander in the air.

 

More information on hotel rooms:

http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2012/11/27/how-clean-is-your-hotel-room.html

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Product Recall: OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines

Packaging image of the OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines product

OC Raw Dog, LLC of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA is recalling the Freeze Dried Sardines. The fish in the product have exceeded 5 inches, which is the FDA compliance guidline. In 1981, 1987 and again in 1991, the FDA found a link between salt-cured, dried, or fermented un-eviscerated fish larger than 5 inches and outbreaks of botulism poisoning. The fish in the OC Raw Dog product may accordingly present a health risk.

The Freeze Dried Sardines product was shipped to the following states with the intent to be sold to Wholesales who in turn sell to Consumers. The product may be found in Independent Pet Specialty Stores in these states:

California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, Texas, and Pennsylvania.

OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines are packaged in a 3.2 oz bag with a UPC of 095225853043.

Product Package Nt. Wt. UPC No. Bar Code
OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines 3.2 oz 095225853043

To date there have been no reported illnesses of dogs, cats, or persons in any connection with the sardines.

OC Raw was notified by the Minnesota Department of Food and Agriculture after a sample of our OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines were collected and determined to contain un-eviscerated or intact un-gutted fish that measure 6-61/2 inches which is greater than FDA guidelines of 5 inches for un-eviscerated fish.

This product has not tested positive for Clostridium botulinum. Minnesota Department of Food and Agriculture tested the product for Salmonella where the test returned negative.

Distributors, Retailers and Consumers who have purchased OC Raw Dog’s Freeze Dried Sardines can return it to the location where it was purchased for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-844-215-DOGS Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm PST

See here for more information: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm605370.htm

Clostridium botulinum can cause severe and potentially fatal toxicity in both animals consuming the treat and people handling the treat or coming in contact with contact areas that have been exposed to the product. Common symptoms may include dizziness, blurred or double vision, trouble with speaking or swallowing, difficulty breathing, muscle weakness, abdominal distension, and constipation. Pets or Persons experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

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