Exit

Author Archives: Bondtech

  1. Bondtech Corporation Fights Ebola

    Leave a Comment

    bondtech_autoclave_ebolaSomerset, KY – As the Ebola virus gains more and more attention overseas and throughout the US, medical facilities are scrambling for a way to take extra precautions in an attempt to keep the deadly virus at bay. Just last week, a Liberians man traveled through Brussels and Washington before finally being diagnosed with the Ebola virus in Dallas. He died from the virus shortly after, sparking even more national concern.

    “There may be a small outbreak because he did walk around with symptoms,” said an infectious disease expert, Debra Spicehandler, at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, NY. “So we may see a few more cases related to him.” The CDC highlights the importance of intense sterilization and precautions to prevent the virus from spreading any further.

    Now, the President of Bondtech Corp., Elsa J. Brown, stated that the outbreak of Ebola is quite alarming. “We are all at risk here – and we at Bondtech Corp. believe that aggressive methods should be put in place to stop this horrible virus from spreading into our neighborhood.”

    In emergency situations, many hospitals and health facilities have protocols to follow, regarding the isolation and treatment of the infected patient. They have personal protective equipment, restrictions of visitation and the implementations of infections control measures, however, once their medical waste is disposed of, it needs to be handled and disposed of properly. That’s where Bondtech Corp. feels that they can help in a big way.

    Bondtech Corp. is the world’s leader in the supply of autoclave systems. These autoclaves are used for the treatment of infectious waste, including the Ebola virus. They feel that right now, more than ever, they have a civil obligation to present some ideas regarding the proper implementation of infectious control. Knowledge is power, and the right education in medical waste disposal could mean the difference in creating a healthy establishment. Bondtech Corp. stresses the importance proper cleaning, segregation of all stained sheets, clothing, gauze, syringes and sterilization of medical instruments. Without the right sterilization, virus transmission can continue and most likely amplify an outbreak. Recently, some top experts have said that the Ebola virus is perhaps more easily spread than we think, so it’s now that Bondtech is coming forward with some critical tips to saying safe. Any hospital or medical care facility who has the ability to treat Ebola virus patients – or patients of other highly contagious or infectious diseases – should seriously consider autoclaving their medical waste to prevent the spreading of contagions.

    “Ebola is not spread through the air.” Said a spokesperson for the CDC, who then went on to explain that the deadly virus is actually spread though bodily fluids or direct contact. This means that clothing, medical utensils and any object that comes in contact with an infected patient needs to be highly sterilized. “Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids (such as clothes, bedding, needles, and medical equipment)” The CDC goes on to stress the importance of virus prevention in hospitals. “Practice proper infection control and sterilization measures.”

    Bondtech Corp. has more than 30 years of experience in the field, and has been a pioneer in establishing autoclaves for the treatment of biological waste, using vacuum cycles for more efficiency. A company that battles infectious diseases on a daily basis now comes forward to take an initiative in assisting the eradication of the Ebola virus as well. This virus can spread and Bondtech is showing that they’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen.

  2. Bondtech Supplys 113,000 lbs Autoclave to Aerospace Customer

    Leave a Comment

    petePete Woolridge, Sales Specialist with Bondtech Corporation, walks past the 113,000-pound autoclave that was delivered to IMS Fabrication, owned by Bondtech, in Salisbury, North Carolina.

    Bondtech will add about 20,000 pounds of various devices to the carbon steel pressure vessel to make this hulk operational for a customer in the aerospace industry. This 50-foot-long autoclave with a 13 foot inside diameter will use pressure and heat to fuse materials together.

    Among the autoclaves scattered around the Bondtech facility, there is one that towers above the rest. Bondtech manufactures and refurbishes autoclaves for different industries. Autoclaves are used to create products that need intense heat and pressures ranging from tires that need to be retreaded to bulletproof glass can be put in an autoclave to create a rigid, finished product. They can also be used for medical waste sterilization.

    “This is one of the largest systems that Bondtech has completed and looks forward to building even larger systems if the opportunity becomes available.” Pete Wooldridge – Bondtech

    Dana Ingold, an engineer for IMS Fabrication in North Carolina, said the carbon steel pressure vessel is 50 feet long overall, 13 feet in diameter, weighs 113,000 pounds and will weigh 20,000 pounds more when the company is finished with it. The vessel will be able to have an internal temperature of 450 degrees Fahrenheit and a pressure of 160 pounds per square inch.

    Harvey Morgan, general manager, said the vessel spanned the width of the facility’s back door. They had to use a crane to get the vessel off of the truck. In a project that will take about two months, workers at IMS Fabrication will be adding additional components such as state of the art PLC controls, a fan motor, heating elements and cooling systems and plumbing to pressurize the vessel. Ingold said he prefers bigger vessels because there is “plenty of room to work.” He said it was exciting to have such a big pressure vessel in the facility. Ingold said he likes the idea that one vessel they work on could be used for aerospace while another could be used for tires. “Every day it seems like something different comes up”

  3. Bondtech to Build First Non-Incineration Medical Waste Treatment System in Windhoek, Namibia

    Leave a Comment

    The City of Windhoek is currently constructing two medical waste treatment facilities in the northern industrial area at a cost of N$50 million. During the groundbreaking ceremony yesterday Windhoek City Mayor Muesee Kazapua said there is a shortcoming in the current disposal and treatment of medical waste that calls for the establishment of facilities to safely treat medical waste, as the current facilities no longer have the capacity to adequately dispose of and process the amount of medical waste in the city. Medical waste includes discarded biological products, such as blood or human tissue removed from operating rooms, morgues, laboratories or other medical facilities. It also includes bedding, bandages, syringes and other materials used in treating patients. “The facility will be used for the disposal and processing of waste generated by medical healthcare facilities, pharmacies, veterinary services, blood transfusion and other services associated with medical care,” he said. Kazapua further said Windhoek is no more as clean a city as it used to be – especially the informal settlements – and the failure to responsibly manage medical waste, whether in storage, transportation, treatment or the eventual disposal, presents a health risk and threat to the environment. “Environmental management is fast becoming a central discipline worldwide and concepts such as sustainable development, cleaner production and pollution prevention are continually brought to our attention,” the city’s mayor explained. He said the facility was designed following consultations and inputs from generators of medical waste. “The facility will be equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, carefully chosen to be able to sustainably treat most of the medical waste generated in Windhoek,” Kazapua elaborated. The plants would also render services to surrounding towns, such as Rehoboth, Gobabis and Okahandja: “The facility will also serve as a skills transfer centre, as it will be open to other local authorities to gather experience and expertise in the sustainable management of medical waste. This will positively impact how waste is managed in Namibia as a whole,” he said. The two plants include one wet autoclave (a pressure chamber used to sterilise equipment by subjecting them to high-pressure saturated steam) and a diesel-fired incinerator that will burn the waste material. Both systems will have air pollution cleaning equipment to ensure potential contaminants are eliminated.

     

    press_02a

    press_02b

  4. Medical Waste Management – Rules to Follow in 2019

    Leave a Comment

    medical waste management

     

    Salome Baya had only been working at the Coast General Provincial and Referral Hospital for a month. While cleaning the labor ward, she picked up a stack of papers from the floor and felt something prick her finger.

    “I knew it was a needle,” she recalls. “It got stuck on my finger. I flushed my finger under running water before going to see a doctor, who examined my hand and gave me a PEP.”

    A facility like Coast General produces 60–80 kilograms of infectious and highly infectious waste every day. If not properly disposed of, this waste presents a serious danger to people who come in contact with it. It can harbor chemical contaminants or become a breeding ground for infectious microbes.

    To prevent dangerous exposure to medical waste, it’s vital that it be disposed of properly. Appropriate disposal practices include steps such as classifying waste to accurately identify the proper disposal method.

    This guide will walk you through the process of proper medical waste management. We’ve provided a checklist to ensure you have everything you need to dispose of hospital waste properly.

    Types of Medical Waste

    The World Health Organization (WHO) identifies eight basic categories of medical waste:

    1. Infectious waste such as bandages, swabs, and disposable medical devices from infected patients; or waste with body fluids such as cultures, infectious agents, or diagnostic samples used by laboratories. 
    1. Pathological waste refers to body parts, tissue, organs, and fluids from humans or animals.
    1. Sharps waste such as needles, scalpels, blades, and syringes.
    1. Chemical waste from chemicals used in laboratories, such as reagents, solvents, and disinfectants. This category also includes heavy metals from batteries or medical devices, such as mercury from a broken thermometer.
    1. Pharmaceutical waste includes vaccines and drugs that are expired, unused, or contaminated.
    1. Cytotoxic waste contains substances that are carcinogenic, mutagenic, and teratogenic—for example, the cytotoxic drugs used for treating cancer.
    1. Radioactive waste refers toa variety of waste used in diagnostics or disease treatments, such as radioactive diagnostic agents and radio-therapeutic agents.
    1. General waste categorizes general waste that doesn’t pose any risks.

     

    medical waste management

    A street boy picks a piece of biomedical waste; syringes, needles, drugs and other medical waste, that was found at Nyeri dumpsite on August 18, 2014. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI

     

    How to Properly Dispose of Medical Waste

    There are a variety of ways to handle medical waste. The appropriate disposal method depends on the type of waste and the risks it poses. The most common methods include:

    Encapsulation

    Sharps, pharmaceutical, or chemical waste partially fill metallic drums or boxes of high-density polyethylene. The container is then filled in with mortar, which is dried and sealed.

    Encapsulation does not work for infectious waste beyond the small amounts contained on or within sharps, although it can be used to encase these materials to prepare them for incineration.

    Incineration

    Organic waste is burned at temperatures high enough to destroy pathogens. This process may produce gases, such as carbon dioxide, steam, or toxic substances. If the incinerator temperature is not enough, the pathogens will spread through these gases instead of being destroyed. All of these emissions must be considered with incineration.

    The WHO recommends incinerators operate at the following temperatures:

    • Preheating: 800° C
    • Primary chamber: 540-980° C
    • Secondary chamber: 980-1200° C

    Best practices for medical waste incineration should be followed at all times:

    • Do not overload the incinerator
    • Always preheat the incinerator
    • Practice less frequent, longer burns to conserve fuel

    healthcare waste management

    Bondtech Corporation Field Service Manager David Cavanaugh yesterday explains how the newly acquired shredder machine works ahead of their commissioning of Friday. PHOTO | BRIAN WACHIRA

    Chemical Disinfection

    Chemicals are often added to liquid waste to kill pathogens. Chemical disinfection can also be used to treat solids, but they must be ground ensure full distribution. Liquids are disposed of via the sewage system, while solid residue should be disposed of in the landfill.

    Land Disposal

    There are two options for land disposal of waste: open dumps or sanitary landfills.

    • Open dumps are unmanaged and waste is scattered. There is a high risk of spreading contaminants or disease if the waste is infected. Waste with contaminants such as chemical, pharmaceutical, or cytotoxic substances can contaminate the air, soil, or groundwater in open dumps. Open dumps can also provide an ideal breeding ground for many bacteria and other microorganisms.
    • Sanitary landfills are designed to safely contain hazardous waste. They are managed on a daily basis to protect the soil and nearby water and track air pollution. Waste in sanitary landfills is treated before disposal.

    Microwave Treatment

    Microwave treatment exposes waste to intense heat to destroy pathogens and contaminants. The waste cannot be solid or dry, so it is often shredded and mixed with water prior to treatment.

    Autoclaving

    Autoclaving is a wet thermal disinfection process that is performed under pressure. It is used to sterilize reusable medical equipment such as surgical tools and laboratory instruments. It can be used to sterilize both solids and liquids.

    When to Use an Autoclave

    Autoclaves are increasingly being considered as a viable substitute for incineration because they eliminate the emissions caused by burning waste. They do not use chemicals and are able to treat a majority of the infectious waste produced in medical settings. Autoclave treatment destroys microbes to make medical waste safe for disposal in open landfills.

    Of note, autoclaves cannot be used to treat hazardous waste, such as chemotherapy drugs, certain expired medications, and cytotoxic materials. The temperature is too low to destroy these toxins, and the process can aerosolize them.

    At Bondtech Corp. we provide durable high-vacuum and high-pressure autoclave systems to sterilize infectious waste, including biomedical waste. Our autoclaves are controlled by programmable logic controllers (PLC) and feature our proprietary, quick-opening door and high vacuum system.

    Medical Waste Management Solutions from Bondtech

    Medical waste must be disposed of properly to protect staff, patients, and the environment. In order to treat and dispose of this waste safely, it’s important to identify the type of waste and the appropriate disposal method. When medical waste is properly managed and disposed of, potential hazards are contained or eliminated. This preserves the safety of the workplace and enables medical facilities to focus on healing.

     

    For more information about our autoclave solutions for medical waste decontamination and disposal, please request a quote.