Protect yourself and others with safe sharps disposal.

Sharps Disposal

When you're on vacation, be creative about the proper transportation and disposal of your needles and lancets. Before you go away, purchase a compact sharps disposal container for the trip or consider an alternative such as using a small puncture-proof case, like a pencil box or an old thermos. Once you're safely at home, you can safely dispose of your sharps. But if you don't have access to a sharps return program, there are many household products that come in containers ideal for sharps disposal. The main requirements are a puncture-resistant, unbreakable material and an opening that can be easily and tightly sealed. Liquid laundry detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, and coffee cans (with a hole for insertion) are all possibilities.



Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08

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by Brenda Bell
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