Contaminated sharps disposal

Contaminated sharps disposal

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Caption: Contaminated sharps disposal. Healthcare worker discarding a used lancet (a lancing device for finger prick tests) into a sharps disposal bin. Medical waste must be disposed of carefully to prevent contamination of the hospital or the environment. The waste in this box will eventually be sterilised in an autoclave or incinerated.

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