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Handling and disposal of contaminated waste and pathology specimens in general practice

Handling and disposal of contaminated waste and pathology specimens in general practice

Australian Family Physician 23(5): 884 887

Medical practitioners have a legal obligation to dispose of surgery waste in a way that does not endanger staff, patients, or the general public. The practitioner has a responsibility to self and to family to minimise personal risk from infection. Contaminated waste must be segregated as soon as it is generated. It must be stored safely and appropriate precautions taken for sharps. Laboratory specimens must be transported safely. The methods of disposal must conform to State legal requirements.

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