No one appreciates the sacrifices of first responders more than the people of Houston.
But some of those people have had enough of a problem that’s been happening for years.
That’s medical waste being left behind by EMT’s and Houston firefighters in local communities.
One Houstonian sent this picture to me and Mayor Annise Parker.
It shows medical gloves left by EMT’s in a parking lot at a local business in South Park.
Apparently, there was a medical emergency.
In this day and age of infectious diseases one could appreciate a concern like this.
The complainant wrote:
“Paramedics in South Park are trifling…..these USED gloves were left in the parking lot after a visit from our area’s first responders overnight…..smh.” —with Isiah Carey and Annise Parker.
I have asked the Houston Fire Department how this should be handled and as soon as I get a response it will be posted!
HFD Responds with Investigation and policy reminder:
It is the mission of the HFD to provide superior level of emergency service that continually improves the quality of life, health and safety of citizens of Houston. All EMS providers follow HFD Guideline 6.01 for the Disposal of Sharp and Non-Sharp Medical Waste (Code found below). The HFD welcomes the comments and suggestions of all citizens. We appreciate the report provided by this concerned citizen of South Park. We will definitely look into this report and take all appropriate action if necessary.
6.01 Disposal of Sharp and Non-Sharp Medical Waste
The following information shall guide the member when disposing of waste contaminated with blood or Other Potentially Infectious Material (OPIM).
A. Non-Sharp Medical Waste
1. All non-sharp medical waste shall be disposed of in a red, biohazard leak proof trash bag, and NOT in a common waste bag or container.
2. Medical transport units shall carry one trash can equipped with a red, biohazard leak proof liner displaying the “biohazard” symbol. This trashcan shall be utilized for non-sharp waste contaminated with blood or OPIM.
3. First responders shall carry two or more red, biohazard leak proof bags for other non-sharp waste contaminated with blood or OPIM.
Ericka L. Duckworth
HFD Public Information Officer