Environmental Sustainability through Fluid Waste Management

At Innovasan, we are driven by a desire to ensure that the communities in which we live and the future generations to come will always have access to clean and safe water. We have taken a long-term focus on how to achieve this desire. During a 7 year collaborative research effort with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, we recognized that hospitals and health care facilities desire a solution to dispose of infectious liquid medical waste that is in-line with their role as community leaders and stewards of community health. Today, we are presented with the opportunity to realize Innovasan’s purpose by enhancing environmental sustainability programs in health care facilities around the world through the proper management of fluid medical waste.

Hospitals are already aware of the importance of establishing and maintaining sustainability programs.

"Do no harm. The underlying tenet in health care applies to all hospital operations, not just those that take place within hospital walls. Saving lives and promoting community health are commendable undertakings. But to fully achieve their realization, hospitals need to be good environmental stewards.”  - Lee Ann Jarousse, Hospitals & Health Networks

Nearly every hospital has undertaken efforts to establish a sustainability program to improve community health, reduce risks and costs, and lessen their environmental impact. Key among these efforts is the focus on medical waste management, primarily through waste segregation, waste reduction and device reprocessing.

Until recently, little focus has been placed upon providing hospitals with a solution to properly manage infectious fluid medical waste. While fluid medical waste is only a small portion of the overall waste generated by a hospital, it makes up nearly half of the waste generated in the operating room­1. Current disposal practices typically relying on the combination of canister solidification and off-site red bag transport to landfills, or the dumping of infectious liquid surgical waste streams down the drain, untreated. The untreated discharge of fluid medical waste is under the jurisdiction of local POTW, municipal and state regulatory agencies and is not a permitted disposal option in all localities. The future of liquid medical waste management is a platform that will allow health care facilities worldwide to have cost effective, on-site treatment for down the drain disposal of their fluid medical waste streams.

We are now reaching out to hospitals across the U.S., offering to partner with them in the development of a cost savings enhancement to their existing environmental sustainability programs. We believe these partnerships have the potential to benefit the global health care industry through the development of a new professional standard for fluid medical waste management: on-site treatment for down the drain disposal of fluid medical waste streams. If you would like to take a leadership role in developing this new standard, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss a partnership.

Partnering for Progress

Through a collaborative review of current fluid medical waste disposal practices and associated costs and the implementation of a fluid medical waste management plan, Innovasan is presented with the opportunity to improve the following areas of an environmental sustainability program.

Cost Savings

  • Eliminated solidification of disposal canisters and associated costs
  • Reduced transportation and disposal fees
  • Permitted for “treated” down the drain discharge

Occupational Health

  • Increase health care worker safety and enhance workplace experience

Risk Management

  • Reduced potential for environmental exposures
  • Favorable environmental management program underwriter
  • Proactive response to anticipated regulatory oversight

Community Health

  • Disinfected fluid medical waste streams for sanitary sewer system discharge
  • Reduced landfill and incineration pollution
  • Reduced watershed contamination
  • Reduced CO2 emissions

Public Perception

  • Enhanced environmental stewardship role within the community