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MMH Offers a Community Medical Sharps Disposal Program

June 25, 2018

MMH Laboratory offers a free community safety program. Many community residents have medical conditions that require self-injections at home. The issues regarding safety and disease transmission in the disposal of home-generated needles, syringes and lancets (medical sharps) has caused some concern among families and refuse services, as well as landfill and recycling staffs. This is a program to provide an avenue for community residents to safely dispose of their medical sharps. Residents may bring their medical sharps containers to the hospital Lab Reception area or may obtain a free approved medical sharps container from the hospital Laboratory Phlebotomy Center. Kaneta Cameron, MMH Laboratory (pictured right) gives a community member a free container for medical sharps
MMH is not only concerned with the health and welfare of our patients, but the health and welfare of our community as well. With growing concerns for our environment, proper disposal of medical sharps from the community is a growing concern.
Massena Memorial Hospital is already involved with the disposal of medical waste but would like to assist the community with the safe and efficient disposal of their medical sharps in effort to assure a healthier and safer environment. Therefore the hospital sponsors a Community Medical Sharps Disposal Program, free of charge.
“Massena Memorial Hospital recognizes the potential problem medical sharps may present, and welcomes to opportunity to assist community members with the disposal of their sharps,” explained Tina Corcoran, Senior Director of Public Relations/Planning and Physician Recruitment. 
Many community residents have medical conditions that require self-injections at home. The issues regarding safety and disease transmission in the disposal of home-generated needles, syringes and lancets (medical sharps) has caused some concern among families and refuse services, as well as landfill and recycling staffs. This is a program to provide an avenue for community residents to safely dispose of their medical sharps.
“We are happy to provide such a needed service to the community,” said Tina Hatch Ward, Laboratory Director. “We offer this program to anyone in the community, but prefer that they use one of the hospital’s certified sharps container. We will accept a detergent bottle, if marked properly, but will then in turn give them a certified sharps container.”
Who Can Participate?
The MMH Community “Sharps” Disposal Program is available to any community resident in Massena and surrounding communities, who uses needles, syringes, lancets, or other medical sharps in their home.
When and where can Residents Bring Medical Sharps for Disposal?
Residents may bring their medical sharps containers to the hospital Lab Reception area, located on the Main Level of the new west wing, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays.) 
All medical sharps should be in a rigid puncture proof plastic container with a tightlifting screw top. Such as a plastic bleach or detergent bottle; please no glass bottles or jars should be used.  Container should be labeled “Contains Sharps.”
The community may obtain a free approved medical sharps container from the hospital Laboratory Phlebotomy Center, located on the main level of the new west wing. Containers must be clean and securely closed. When the container is full, close the lid securely and bring it to the drop off site.
For individuals wishing to participate in the MMH Community Medical Sharps Program for collection of the community’s medical sharps or to obtain a sharps container, contact the  Laboratory at 769-4286.