Disposal of Leeches

DISPOSAL OF LEECHES AFTER USE

Leeches which have been used on a patient should be disposed of by placing in a container of concentrated bleech solution or 70% alcohol for 5 minutes, then disposed of just as other infectious waste is disposed of.

Return unused leeches to the pharmacy in (1) distilled, non-chlorinated or bottled water or (2) distilled water containing HIRUDO® salt.

IMPORTANT WARNING:

NEVER REUSE a leech and NEVER RETURN a used leech to the pharmacy.

As with a dirty needle, failure to comply with this warning could result in transmittal of serious infectious diseases.