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ORLANDO REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER INTRODUCES MICROWAVE DISINFECTION SYSTEM TO FLORIDA

 ORLANDO REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER INTRODUCES
 MICROWAVE DISINFECTION SYSTEM TO FLORIDA
 ORLANDO, Fla., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) and ABB Sanitec, Inc., of Wayne, N.J., have introduced, for the first time in Florida, a microwaving disinfection system for the treatment of infectious medical waste.
 The concept of microwaving biohazardous medical waste is relatively simple: the 20-by-8 foot disinfection unit shreds the waste, injects it with steam to moisten and preheat it, then passes it by six microwave units to maintain appropriate disinfection temperatures. Each of the microwave units has about twice the capacity of a home microwave. A final shredding renders the waste unrecognizable.
 "The final product has 80 percent less volume than what we started out with, is less harmful than home kitchen garbage and looks like potpourri," said George DeLong, ORMC's administrator of support services.
 "Unlike conventional incineration, the Sanitec system has no stacks, no toxic emissions, no fluid wastes," adds DeLong. "What's left is a fraction of the original volume, which is landfilled as regular waste, dramatically reducing packing and transport costs."
 "Historically, incinerators have been a problem for hospitals in terms of the costs of meeting increased air pollution standards, higher installation and operating costs and, in general, community concern," said John Cusack, president of ABB Sanitec, Inc. "Not only is the Sanitec microwave disinfection system a very practical use of existing cost effective environmental technology, but it comes at a time when hospitals are becoming more cost-conscious and environmentally responsive."
 Once the ABB Sanitec system is fully operational, it will service ORMC and its divisions, including the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women, Sand Lake Hospital and St. Cloud Hospital. First year operational cost savings are projected at nearly $100,000.
 Previously, ORMC contracted for the removal of its biohazardous waste from the downtown medical center and its three divisions at an annual cost in excess of $300,000.
 The ABB Sanitec system was originally pioneered six years ago in Europe and introduced in the U.S. in 1990. ORMC is the first Florida site and the third hospital in the Southeast to employ the microwaving system.
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 /CONTACT: Joe Brown of the Orlando Regional Medical Center, 407-841-5129/ CO: Orlando Regional Medical Center; ABB Sanitec, Inc. ST: Florida, New Jersey IN: HEA SU:


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