Where do Sharps Go and What About All Those Dying Frogs?

Before the nurse discharges me, she shows me how to administer shots of Lovenox subcutaneously. “What’s it for?” “To prevent blot clots. Squeeze a small mound of belly flesh, gently insert the needle, slowly depress the syringe. Do it twice a day for the next 10 days.” She hands me the Lovenox kit. It is a box decorated with the faces of people over fifty. They smile against a background of butter yellow and baby blue – peaceful colors, calm colors, colors that say “Your blood will not clot, you will not have a post-surgery stroke.” Inside the box are multiple prefilled syringes and a red plastic container, a “sharps” depository, where I am supposed to put the used syringes. Then what?

Where Do Sharps Go?

2 thoughts on “Where do Sharps Go and What About All Those Dying Frogs?

  1. Kiki Leuther

    Loved your blog entry, as usual! Sharps, as most medical waste, are incinerated. Medical waste incinerators (at least in California) have to follow extremely strict environmental laws, with filters for anything that goes in or out. Heat that’s generated is recycled. While this may add to all of our footprints on this earth, it’s probably more environmentally friendly than burning a fire in the fireplace. Much less romantic, though… :-)

    Hope you are having a fun and peaceful New Year!


  2. Melissa

    Sharps are something that bother me a lot too. I generate a huge amount of medical waste, since I have medication that I inject every day in addition to all the pills that I take. I try to rationalize by saying that if I don’t take my medication, I get sicker, and if I get sicker, I won’t be able to do research that will help the world. Telling myself this only helps sometimes.

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