Protocols – and Why We Appreciate Them (Hint: Ebola.)

When I was hospitalized overnight, I asked a kindly nurse to get something from my bag for me, as I was confined in bed. She stuck her hand into the pocket, rummaged around- and gasped when she got pricked by a brand-new, never-used flexible acupuncture needle that had gotten out of its packaging somehow. (That’s not what I was asking her to get… no comment on the contents of my bag.)
I reassured her that I have no communicable diseases, am not a drug user, and the needle was never used, to no avail.
She and I both had to get our blood taken and sent to the lab.
Hospital protocol.
This happened a couple years ago. At the time, I was sort of annoyed. Today, I would’ve been vying for that blood test just as keenly as she was.
There is currently an Ebola outbreak. To recap: Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever that strikes like worst imaginable flu and kills about 70 percent of its victims. Since 1976, there have only been about 20 known Ebola outbreaks. The total sum of deaths from Ebola, until now, was 1,548 deaths. It never got very far, beyond some isolated and remote areas in Africa.
The 2014 outbreak is remarkable because the virus has spread to nine countries within a year of it being identified, including the USA, and has already infected more than 20,000 people. That is over four times the sum total of all previous outbreaks combined.
In the USA, chances are good for recovery, and chances are still very slim for catching Ebola, since it is not airborne and is transmitted mainly through direct contact with infected bodily fluids.
There is no cure for Ebola. The best offense in this case is a watertight defense, which includes containing the virus where it hits, and managing contamination from medical waste. That’s partly our job- medical waste disposal companies.
You probably don’t need to worry about Ebola as you go about your day… but I did want to say, that we, your medical waste management companies, are sticking religiously to protocols about biohazardous waste disposal, sharps disposal, and all other medical waste disposal.
We’re doing our little bit to keep everybody safer.
So the next time you begin to get annoyed when someone sticks to unnecessary protocol, remember that there is some reason for protocol. Protocols were not created to annoy people and waste time. At least, not medical waste disposal protocols. They were probably very necessary when they were first put into place, and you may find yourself grateful for them… like maybe tommorrow.
You can check out our other blog articles about how to safely dispose of needles, and other biohazardous waste disposal tips, below.

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