Disposal of Chemotherapeutic Agent -- Contaminated Waste
Final rpt. Sep 1988-Feb 1989,
INDUGAS INC TOLEDO OH
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AFESCRDVS has completed a project to determine the feasibility of incinerating chemotherapeutic agent-contaminated waste in a Phase I SBIR study project. Air Force base hospitals generate hazardous medical wastes in the form of infectious and chemotherapeutic agent-contaminated wastes. The Air Force is investigating methods of disposal of these hazardous wastes, of which incineration is one method. This study involved the development and design of an incineration unit capable of 99.99 percent destruction of these hazardous wastes. Design efforts have indicated that this unit is indeed feasible and economical. Also included in the study were hospital waste volumes and disposal practices. The study showed that current incineration equipment is not adequate for the difficult chemical compounds found in chemotherapeutic agent- contaminated wastes. As liabilities increase, more effective methods of waste disposal will need to be utilized.