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CALL Newsletter 04-13
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
CAAT II Initial Impressions Report (IIR)

Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
CAAT II Initial Impressions Report (IIR)

Chapter 4: Combat Service Support
Topic F: Health Service Support

Subtopic 6: Medical Hazardous Waste

Observation Synopsis

There was no apparent established protocol for dealing with biohazardous waste in the field. Containers full of medical waste, specifically used needles and syringes, accumulated for a long period of time before a standing operating procedure (SOP) was established for disposing of them properly. No one seemed to know what to do with them initially.

Lessons Learned

  • There is a need to know what to do with biohazard waste in the field.
  • Establish a protocol or SOP to deal with hazardous medical waste in the field. This may already be addressed, but it did not appear it was common knowledge amongst the health care providers or medical logistics personnel.

Table of Supporting Observations

Observation Title CALLCOMS
File Number
Medical Hazardous Waste 10000-51660

Table of Contents
Chapter 4-Topic F-Subtopic 5: Laundering of Medical Contaminated Material
Chapter 4-Topic F-Subtopic 7: Stretchers

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