Sharps containers

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  1. Belle102498

    Belle102498 Mouseketeer

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    Hi everyone! I rented points for our October stay, and forgot to request a sharps container for my injectable meds. How can I get one when I get there? Do I ask the front desk at check-in, or do I call Mousekeeping when we get into the room, or is there some other place I am unaware of? It's been a few years since we went to the World, and this is just one thing I forgot how I previously handled :) Thanks so much for the help!
     
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  3. M5ward

    M5ward When You Wish Upon A Star...

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    I think I read somewhere that you call housekeeping and they will provide a sharps container.
     
  4. LockShockBarrel

    LockShockBarrel Pudge controls the weather.

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    Yep, you can call mousekeeping and they will bring you one. There's a lot of people that will use empty water or soda bottles too.
     
  5. SueM in MN

    SueM in MN combining the teacups with a roller coaster Moderator

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    As the others posted, just request one from Mousekeeping once you get there.

    Even though people do use soda or water bottles, those are not safe alternatives. If the needle safety device fails and the shapes exposed, it will slice thru soda or water bottle material very easily. If you use a bottle of ny kind, it needs to be this plastic - the kind found in laundry detergent bottles ( and then well marked and securely taped shut).

    So, much better justo request one.
     
  6. BearcatsFan

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    We called the front desk last year and had one in under 2 minutes. We were also told they would dispose of container/contents when we left and to just leave it in the room when we checked out.

    HTH and enjoy your trip :goodvibes
     
  7. PatsMom

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    I have had mixed results getting sharps containers - although it seems to be better lately. I call housekeeping from the room and they hopefully drop it off.

    My sharps are pen needles and capped lancets so not much chance of a "stick" through a soda bottle but I try to play it safe. If I use my own container it is a heavy plastic as Sue mentioned - not a Dasani water bottle. At home I use a laundry detergent bottle. Vitamin Water bottles tend to be pretty heavy.
     
  8. utterrandomness

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    It is extremely important to use a real sharps container for the safety of the people handling it. You are not the only person dealing with the container and everyone has the right to be safe.
     
  9. Tinker Bell Fan

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    We never thought about using a laundry bottle! Thanks for the idea!

    At home (and at Disney) we use a coffee can (the plastic one like from Folgers). Once it's full we tape it up and mark "sharps" or "medical" on it. DH also will break off the needle (or bend it) before putting the cap back on. This trick helps when we've used a water bottle.

    We usually drive to Disney so we take the can with us. Next year though when we go on our cruise to Alaska...we'll have to check with the cruise line to see what to do. :cutie:
     
  10. utterrandomness

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    I am really uncomfortable with the idea of people using makeshift sharps containers. It is unsafe for the people handling them, who may be unaware that they are handling biological material. Sharps containers are designed specifically to ensure the safety of ALL people handling the container, not just the person using the needles. Even labelled, a re-purposed container poses risks.
     
  11. Belle102498

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    Thanks for all the info! I usually clip the needle with needle clippers, but since we're flying I don't know if I would be allowed the clipper on the plane. So a Sharps container is what I was thinking of using! :cool1:
     
  12. Tinker Bell Fan

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    We asked our county and the facility where DH goes for blood work about disposing of the needles and this is what they both suggested. They made sure to tell us to clearly mark the container, break/bend the needles, and to tape the container to make sure the lid couldn't come off; which we do. We probably go overboard in taping it - but at least we know it won't come off accidently. And they told us to use something like hard plastic or an actual can. They did not suggest water bottles or even milk containers.

    I understand your concern, we were concerned too, so we asked.
     
  13. buffettgirl

    buffettgirl The whole tag thing, so 1990's internet.

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    we've also used just soda or water bottles but we are clear to put a big note next to the bottle - or taped on if we have tape - that housekeeping does NOT need to touch or move the bottle to clean. If a soda or water bottle is our only available option that's better than tossing stuff in the garbage, so that's what we do. it's not ideal but better than nothing. We do also put it in our suitcase to take home and we deal with it then. So we're the only one handling it.

    If you have actual syringes, there are things like this that can snip off the end of the syringe:
    http://www.amazon.com/Bd-Needle-Clipping-Device-Packages/dp/B001IKKHYA

    and there are also items where you slip the top of the syringe in and it actually clips the needle and crushes the syringe.

    There are other options depending on what sort of item you have for injecting.


    also, depending on your state, it's completely ok to use an alternate container like a laundry container. That's what we do at home. It's also ok to label it as such and toss it in the garbage when full.
     
  14. utterrandomness

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    I don't care what the law says, safety says use a proper container.
     
  15. buffettgirl

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    Safety also says don't leave a sharps lying around if no proper container can be found. And a proper container can be many things. At the moment if there is no official sharps container then we use what we can and then we dispose of it properly at home where we follow all regulations for our location.
     
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    It's somewhat okay in an emergency, but I really don't think it's a solution for everyday or something that should be part of a plan. A sharps container should always be the first, best choice.
     
  17. buffettgirl

    buffettgirl The whole tag thing, so 1990's internet.

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    I don't think anyone suggested it as the first line of defense or indicated that it's what they do at home (use a water bottle etc) but using a giant laundry bottle is generally an accepted practice and is pretty much as safe as any other method, especially when the sharps are then being delivered to a drop off facility as is now common in lots of places. :)

    But back on topic - there are plenty of us who have requested sharps containers from housekeeping and plenty of us who never get them, so we have to do something. To me that is being responsible.
     
  18. utterrandomness

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    Perhaps you should plan to bring a small sharps container with you just in case.
     
  19. Chickenlady

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    You must sell sharps containers.;)

    I never get a sharps container, although I've seen my niece request and receive one from housekeeping. Since I use an insulin pump, I don't have tons of sharps. I always just recap and stick my used syringes and lancets in a bag with my unused sharps. No trouble mixing them up, then I dispose of them at home....in a labeled laundry detergent bottle, as described in the pamphlets from my endocrinologist's office.
     
  20. buffettgirl

    buffettgirl The whole tag thing, so 1990's internet.

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    If I'm the only one handling the thing - what the heck difference does it make? I have been known to lick the blood that I poke off my son's finger and I could find you probably 200 more people with diabetes or their parents who do the same thing. A stick from a needle is not worrisome to me. So having a proper sharps container really isn't high on my priority list. Indicating that housekeeping doesn't need to touch is a big thing for us. Disposing of them properly at home is. I'm also not disposing of actual syringes either and when we did we always clipped and crushed first.
     
  21. PatsMom

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    The only time I've ever used a sharps container is when Disney delivered one to my room. At home, as advised by my endo, my diabetes educator and my pharmacist, I have always used a heavy duty laundry bottle or plastic coffee can. Or a heavy duty beverage bottle such as the Smart Water containers. In the house I stay in when I am in the southern part of the state, my mother takes my used sharps to a hospital disposal facility when she does her volunteer days. The hospital near my northern home has no such service available. Duct tape, label clearly, and put it in the trash at the dump. My labelling clearly indicates it is medical waste, sharps, and the container is not for recycling.

    And we are not talking about vast quantities of sharps - my laundry bottle lasts me about two years!

    I know very few people who use a sharps container at home. Diabetes is expensive enough with adding to the cost with items that are not necessary legally or for safety.
     
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