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Disposal of Regulated Medical Waste (3.07)

Disposal of Regulated Medical Waste (3.07) - Policies, Clinical, UWHC Clinical, Department Specific, UW Organ and Tissue Donation

3.07



POLICY
Established Date: January 2001
Effective Date: January 2018
Title: Disposal of Regulated Medical Waste Policy Number: 3.07

Electronically Approved By: Michael E. Anderson, PA-C Anthony M. D’Alessandro, M.D.
Executive Director Medical Director


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PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to ensure safe and proper disposal of regulated medical waste for the
University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation (UW OTD). UW OTD regulated medical waste includes
solid organs, tissues, and blood.

FORMS

Organ and Tissue Discard Form

POLICY

A. Regulated medical waste will be disposed of in a manner consistent with all University of
Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) standards and all federal and state regulations as
applicable.
B. Solid Organ Disposal
1. A UW OTD surgical recovery coordinator (SRC) will place the organ into two red plastic
bags.
2. The specimen will be clearly labeled with a description of the contents and “for disposal
only”.
3. The SRC will complete the Organ and Tissue Discard Form.
i. A copy of the form will be filed in the UW OTD patient record.
ii. The original form will be secured to the outermost bag of the container holding
the organ.
4. The SRC will deliver the organ to UWHC Surgical Pathology (Wisconsin Institutes for
Medical Research (WIMR) building) for disposal.
C. Blood and Tissue Disposal
1. Blood tubes will be discarded in a UWHC sharps disposal container.
2. Tissue specimens, (spleen, nodes, tissues) will be discarded in a UWHC biohazard trash
container.
3. A SRC will complete the Organ and Tissue Discard Form and the original form will be filed
in the UW OTD regulated medical waste disposal log.
D. The UW OTD regulated medical waste disposal log will be kept in the UW OTD laboratory.