(EnviroNews Utah) – Salt Lake City – Blue Mountain Hospital in Blanding, UT switched to a SteriMed system to get rid of its medical waste and hasn’t looked back since its implementation.
Dwight Morgan, senior vice president of Strategic Business Development and International Sales for SteriMed Medical Waste Solutions, spoke at a press conference on Feb. 13, 2014 at the Capitol Building in Salt Lake City to offer people an alternative to the medical waste incineration of Stericycle — a company that is currently under a Federal DOJ investigation for cheating on compliance tests.
“When you know better, you do better,” says Morgan. “There are alternatives out there.”
The SteriMed system is designed to work at room temperature using a biodegradable disinfectant.
Blue Mountain saves about $2,500 a month with the system. Most of the savings come from transportation costs and travel time, and the system eliminates between 18,000 and 20,000 pounds of medical waste for the hospital every year.
“We’re able to cut out the middle man essentially,” says Trent Herring, environment of care director for the hospital.
According to Morgan, there are medical waste haulers that are now using the SteriMed technology to enter into the medical waste disposal business as well. There are several medical facilities looking at the possibility of installing the systems on site.
“We’re able to do it all in house,’ says Herring. “I am more than pleased with the system.”