Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How can school nurse properly dispose of full sharps containers?


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Hopefully Helpful School Nurse Tip: Every school nurse should have a budget to run their office, although the amount can vary significantly between school districts. To make the most of your resources, consider establishing community collaborations to save money.

Looks like our sharps container is FULL!

When I first started at this school, the district spent hundreds of dollars each year on proper sharps container disposal. To save money and increase my school nurse supply budget, I sought a cost-effective solution.

About seven years ago, I approached our local fire department, including firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics, to see if they could dispose of one full sharps container for free each year. Thankfully, they agreed, and have continued to provide this invaluable service ever since.

Having a great working relationship with your local fire department and EMT service is good-

Saving your school district money is even better!

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