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Disinfection of infectious waste in liquid tight folding cardboard boxes by means of microwave a new disposal concept for contaminated medical waste



Disinfection of infectious waste in liquid tight folding cardboard boxes by means of microwave a new disposal concept for contaminated medical waste



Hygiene + Medizin 14(3): 101-109



The distinguishing feature of medical waste is its potential for contamination and its high synthetic content (especially PVC). To burn it causes a high degree of pollution for the environment and this is why most hospital furnaces have been closed down. In order to also be able to fulfit the demands of the hygienists in future that no contaminated waste should leave its place of origin thermal decontamination as closely as possible to the place of origin is necessary. The waste can thus be disposed of as normal household refuse (its effect on the environment is neutral) or taken away to be recycled. With this in mind the METEKA company has developed a new, safe and environment friendly disposal programme. It consists of the unique microwave waste decontamination device Medister, which by a nearly even distribution of microwave energy in the resonance area, guarantees safe decontamination of the waste put into it and the environment friendly and liquid tight Meditainer folding cardboard disposal boxes. The contaminated waste is put into the folding cardboard boxes immediately at its place of origin and subsequently decontaminated without being shredded. After this thermal treatment it can be disposed of like household refuse. Special aim for the Meditainer folding cardboard boxes: They can firstly be used as supply and afterwards as disposal boxes. We will report on the series of experiments carried out with microwave decontamination device Medister and also on the first routine application of the whole disposal programme in a dialysis institute with laboratory and surgery.

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