[Pharmwaste] Human Albumin

Catherine Zimmer zenllc at usfamily.net
Thu Apr 18 12:15:48 EDT 2013

Hi Leigh,
The answer depends on a  number of things:  

1. Are the bottles empty?   
2.  Florida’s definition of infectious waste;  (http://www.hercenter.org/rmw/fl-rmw.cfm)
3.  Does the albumin contain any pharmaceuticals?
4.  Is the albumin sterile? E.g. has it been contaminated with blood or other human body fluids? 

If they are empty or solely sterile albumin, with no sharps attached, then it is not considered infectious and can be managed as regular solid waste.  

If contaminated, then the bottles should be managed as per the contaminant, e.g. blood, then infectious waste, pharms, then Rx waste. 

Hope this helps.

Very truly yours,

Catherine Zimmer, MS, BSMT
Zimmer Environmental Improvement LLC
zenllc at usfamily.net

From: Kelly, Leigh Ann 
Sent: Thursday, April 18, 2013 8:25 AM
To: Pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us 
Subject: [Pharmwaste] Human Albumin

Should the used vials / bottles of Human Albumin be disposed of in the Black box, pharmaceutical waste containers or the red, biohazardous waste containers?


Leigh Ann Kelly, BS, RN, CIC

Infection Prevention

Florida Hospital - Winter Park Memorial

Office 407-646-7598

Pager  407-231-0771




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