2003-01-04 / Community

SJEH Disposes Of ‘Sharps’

SJEH Disposes Of ‘Sharps’

The safe disposal of "sharps," also known as needles, syringes and lancets, is a matter of concern to the community residents of the Rockaway Peninsula, Broad Channel, and the Five Towns. Sharps that are disposed of improperly create the risk of injury and blood-borne diseases, such as hepatitis B and C and HIV, to community residents.

For example, children may be injured by needles that they find on the street and trash handlers may be stuck by needles thrown away in household trash.

For that reason, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway has begun a program of disposing of the "sharps" for local residents.

People who self-inject medications, such as diabetics and others, need to dispose of their sharps in the proper manner that will benefit the entire community. "St. John's is glad to be of service to its neighbors and help them dispose of these items safely and conveniently," said St. John's Chief Executive Officer Luis A. Hernandez.

St. John's Episcopal Hospital South Shore accepts used needles, syringes and lancets from community residents Monday through Friday, between the hours of 10 am to 12 noon. They should bring them to the Environmental Services Office, which is located in the Hospital's Central Pavilion Building, basement level.

The Hospital will accept sharps in leak- and puncture-proof containers, such as laundry detergent or bleach bottles with a screw-on cap. At home, participants should always immediately put their sharps in their containers after each use and keep them in a safe place away from children.

For more information about the disposal of sharps at St. John's Episcopal Hospital South Shore, please call Environmental Services at 718-869-7776.

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