Used "sharps" (i.e., needles, syringes and lancets) can present very hazardous situations when disposed of improperly. When thrown in the trash without taking the proper precautions, these items have been known to puncture the skin of people managing the waste at a later date - often making them very ill.
To help avoid this potentially dangerous situation, Brooks Memorial Hospital has long accepted used sharps from the community for proper disposal through their Safe SHARPS Disposal Program. As part of this process, Brooks Memorial Hospital has placed a specially designed disposal kiosk near the rear of the hospital on Eagle Street. The kiosk resembles a large, black mailbox, but is intended only for the disposal of home generated medical sharps. Area residents are encouraged to bring their used medical sharps directly to this kiosk for proper and safe disposal.
Before sharps can be placed in the kiosk, individuals need to place them in a rigid, leak-proof, puncture-resistant, and sealable bottle. A good example of this type of container would be a small laundry detergent bottle. The bottle should be marked "Contains Sharps." The community is asked to remember that milk jugs and soda bottles are not rigid and puncture proof and are, therefore, not to be used for this purpose. Participants are also asked never to leave their container unattended or anywhere in or out of the hospital other than inside the kiosk itself, as doing so would still present a significant risk for needle sticks.
BMH Diabetic Educator Linda Fuller reminds everyone to properly dispose of their used “sharps.” A secure Sharps Disposal Kiosk is located on the Eagle Street side of Brooks Memorial Hospital.
Those with questions about the Safe SHARPS Disposal Program at Brooks Memorial Hospital are encouraged to contact Director of Environmental Services Chris Sobilo at 363-7246. To download a brochure on Household Sharps Disposal, visit the New York State Department of Health Website, www.health.ny.gov/publications/0909.pdf.