Do you properly dispose of you/your child’s sharps (needles, CGM inserters, infusion sets, lancets, etc)?
For instance, did you know that even though the Dexcom G6 inserter needle isn’t fully exposed after use, you should be removing the needle from the inserter, and disposing of it properly? Essentially, you use a small screwdriver to pop open the inserter. Then, you remove the needle and metal parts and put them in a sharps container, and the large plastic pieces can be recycled.
Research shows that people who use needles and lancets to manage their medical conditions know it is their responsibility to safely dispose of their sharps, but lack clear, factual information on what to do. With SafeNeedleDisposal.org, individuals can get accurate guidance instantly.
Using their interactive map, visitors can click on their state, or enter their zip, to learn about local disposal regulations and options.
Sharps that are not disposed of properly may cause injury. Most consumers already have everything they need at home to dispose of sharps safely. First, used sharps must be placed in a strong plastic container before it is discarded. The container- which can be an empty laundry detergent or bleach bottle- should be leak-resistant, remain upright during use, and have a tight-fitting, puncture-resistant lid. When the container is 3/4 full, individuals should follow guidelines for proper disposal at SafeNeedleDisposal.org– some cities allow in-home trash disposal, while others require used sharps to be taken to drop off locations.
Remember, safety is the point!