Medical waste shrinks to about 80 percent
of its original volume inside the rotoclave. Todd Gartrell, center,
with rotoclave operators Ian Smith, left, and Anthony James.
the Jaws of a Giant
The new rotoclave turns red-bag medical
Ever wonder where those red bags of medical waste wind up when
they leave the hospital floor? You probably blocked that thought,
Well, recently, Hopkins Hospital introduced a whole new method
of disposing of infectious waste without harming the environment.
A new machine known as a rotoclave, a new vendor to manage the
process, and in-house programs designed to minimize medical waste
all are raising the profile of this once-verboten topic. Now,
everyone’s talking trash.
The rotoclave, cylindrical and resembling a small submarine,
the biggest of its type and the only one of its kind in Maryland,
is situated on the loading dock in back of the Orleans Garage.