Practice tip: Look at your sharps disposal


One company's device can turn your veterinary practice trash into an inert hockey puck.

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We know your disposal doesn't look like this. Wait. It doesn't, does it? (Manuel Findeis /

Looking for a high return on investment when it comes to a veterinary practice operations tweak? Take a look at in-house sharps disposal.

Medical Innovations makes a device that melts sharps into a “hockey puck,” which can then legally be discarded with the regular trash. The machine pays for itself in approximately 18 months to two years in money saved over using a commercial medical waste pickup company. (No, I'm not getting paid for this. I just think it's cool.)

You also get rid of the boxes of sharps laying around the practice waiting for pickup, making this a safer and more sanitary system of sharps disposal.

- Tracy Sheffield, BS, LVT, CVPM

Practice administrator at Wimberley Veterinary Clinic in Wimberley, Texas

Co-owner of T&L Veterinary Business Consulting

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