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Sharps disposal in Boston

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by Chippy28, Jul 17, 2014.

  1. Chippy28

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    I'm moving to Boston in about 6 weeks and am trying to figure out what their regulations are for the disposal of sharps. From what I have read, the sharps must be placed in a puncture-resistant container and then dropped off at specific drop-off sites. Is this correct? A large percentage of my sharps are bulky (i.e., insets and Dexcom inserters) and won't easily fit in a laundry detergent bottle without filling it up in a week. Any ideas on how to handle this?

    Also, this is probably a long shot, but does anyone know of any good adult endos in the area?
     
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    I just toss those. Re-cap the inserter for the infusion set, sometimes I fold down the needle first, but I just throw them in the regular garbage.

    Boston is one of the most medically flush cities in the US, I'm sure you'll find someone who is a good fit. :)
     
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    Folgers can for the sharps?
     
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    Welcome to the area! We are an hour south of Boston but go up there every month or so. We go to Joslin; they have an adult part too which is actually bigger. They deal with a lot if type 2 but I would think they'd do well with T1 too.

    Yes, sharps need to be dropped off at approved places, often fire stations or the like.
     
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    I bought a 5 gallon bucket as a sharps container. It lasts a long time and when it is full we take it to the disposal site
     
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    I'm not completely sure about how to dispose, but you can toss insets, Dex since they are self contained. If I recall, you can just use either the sharps container and lock it or a laundry bottle and duct tape it and toss.

    As for ends, I have friends who use Dr. Bashoff and Dr. Patti at Joslin. Both are very happy with them.
     
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    I don't consider the Dexcom inserter to be a sharp, since once the needle retracts you can't get it back out. When I used insets I just recapped it. That's designed to be it's own mini-sharps container.
     
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    Good idea. We are supposed to use a container, seal(ie tape) and toss in regular garbage. I have been cramming stuff down little openings of plastic bottles from home, laundry etc, but will switch to your idea. Cheap and easy.
    Ali
     
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    If you have a chick til a near you they will even give you a 5 gallon pickle bucket,if you ask. I bought ours at TSC for $5,because Sophie wanted a camo bucket instead of a plain white one
     
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    Hee Hee :D Love it.
    Ali
     
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    This is a great idea! I got free buckets for diapers way back from a grocery store that did cakes; the frosting comes in those & they go through a lot.
     
  13. Chippy28

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    Thank you everyone! I love the 5 gallon bucket idea since Boston doesn't allow for disposal of any sharps in the garbage. Plus it will be cheap, which is important since I am moving to Boston to go to PA school. Can't wait to be a broke student again! ;)

    wearingtaci, do you hand the bucket over at the drop off site and then replace the bucket each time?

    Also, thank you for the endo suggestions. I will be going to school and living near Joslin, so I am glad to hear that they have a good adult unit.
     
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    I just hand the whole bucket over. Every 6 months in a nearby town there is a hazardous trash day,and either I or my dad(t2d)take all the sharps and get rid of them. To !e $5 every 6 months is an drop in the bucket and way cheaper then the sharps containers you can buy
     
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    Awesome...thanks for the info! :)
     

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