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Jennifer Riggi

New York, NY, United States

Member since September 08, 2008

  • By the numbers


    1. Large urban hospitals can generate more than two million tons of waste each year. Morristown Memorial Hospital generates 1 million lbs of medical waste each year, all of which is sent to an incinerator offiste. With over 2,100 physicians and 2,700 nurses, the hospital makes up one of the largest, most comprehensive health care systems in New Jersey -- Atlantic Health -Atlantic Health Systems, Health Care Without Harm

    2. Those most at risk of receiving the highest concentrations [of incineration generated dioxins] are babies, because concentrated dioxin is passed from the mother in breast milk. -Tangri, Neil, A Dying Technology, 2003, p. 13

    3. The federal government doesn’t require any testing and hasn’t set safety limits for drugs in water. Of the 62 major water providers contacted, the drinking water for only 28 was tested. Among the 34 that haven’t: Houston, Chicago, Miami, Baltimore, Phoenix, Boston and New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection, which delivers water to 9 million people., Meds lurk in drinking water AP probe found traces of meds in water supplies of 41 million Americans By Jeff Donn, Martha Mendoza and Justin Pritchard The Associated Press

  • 1. Do you have any kinds of prescription or over the counter medications in your living area? If not, then you do not have to answer the rest of the questions.

    Yes, I have some sort of Medication in my living space.

    No, I do not own any sort of medication.

    2. Do you own at least one of these:
Birth Control Pills,
Seizure Medication,
Cancer Treatments,
Pain Killers (Tylenol, Advil, Excedrin, Aleve, Motrin, Asprin, IB-Profeuin, Acetomenophine), Tranquilizers, Cholesterol-Lowering Compounds



    3. Are any of them expired?



    4. If you realized they were expired, what would you do with them?

    5. Where do you keep your prescription or over the counter medications?

    6. Do you often find that when you finish taking a prescription, there are pills leftover?



    If no, Why not?

    7. What would you do if someone else you knew took your pills without you knowing?

    8. Have you ever given anyone your medications? Why?



    If so, Why?

  • 1. What kinds of equipment do you use to treat your patients? (Check all that apply)

    Sharps (Syringes, Needles, IV's)

    Medications in liquid form

    Medications in pill form

    Any Other Equipment?

    2. Where do you treat patients?

    In the Home

    In a Hospital

    A Private Practice

    Other (please specify)

    3. Where do you feel the safest when you are treating patients?

    In the Home

    In the Hospital

    A Private Practice

    I do not feel safe at all

    Other (please specify)

    4. If you do not feel safe, Why?

    5. Which place do you feel is the cleanest while you are treating patients?

    In the Home

    In the Hospital

    A Private Practice

    I do not feel clean at all

    Other (please specify)

    6. Do you feel the safest in this clean place?

    7. If you do not feel clean, Why is that?

    8. Please rate these questions in terms of treating patients in the home. (1) Very Convenient, (2) Somewhat Convenient, (3) Slightly Inconvenient, (4) Very Inconvenient, (5) Equipment travels conveniently.

    Equipment travels conveniently.

    Equipment is accessed conveniently.

    Disposal of equipment after use.

    9. When you are done with the equipment what do you do with it? Please give a specific example.

    10. What kinds of equipment do you dispose of and where do you dispose of them?

  • Mission Statement


    To raise awareness about the harmful effects of improper disposal of syringes and pharmaceuticals by creating a product and a program that provides a universal solution.

  • Existing Products

  • MAP

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    Initially when I look at the guide, it reminds me of a brochure you would find in a doctor’s office. It doesn’t feel patriotic to me and the colors don’t represent ones that I would associate with voting. The group of people in the lower right hand corner especially reminds me of those brochures for whitening teeth. The red and bland sand colors do not capture my attention. I think that having something online is great, but my initial reaction is that it’s a little unorganized in terms of the linking to other government websites. I don’t know why but I just feel like it is a lot of information thrown into my face all at once (and this is the online brochure). I would like to see something that has more of a hierarchy. I don’t think a marketing campaign has to be complicated either, it could be something very simple that asks questions that people may not know regarding voting. On a positive note I’m very happy to see a site where people can research the candidates. I think that’s the most important aspect of all.

  • Health Care Without Harm

    Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance

    Practice Greenhealth


    Callen-Lorde Transgender Clinic

    Harm Reduction Coalition

    American Diabetes Association

    World Health Organization

    Beth Israel Medical Center (Hospice)

    Cabrini House (Hospice)

    Visiting Nurse Service of New York

    Also researching Needle Exchange Groups in NYC (thanks Shana)

    So far no one will answer me. I have also been researching medical companies that manufacture medical equipment, hospital take back programs, and laws that require certain types of disposal conduct.

    Here are some interesting facts that I found:

    Approximately 7.2 million people in the US require some form of home health care.

    Almost two-thirds of home health care recipients are over age 65.

    Conditions requiring home health care most frequently include heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and hypertension.

    Hospital stays have been shortened considerably, starting in the 1980s with the advent of the diagnosis-related group (DRG) reimbursement system as part of a continuing effort to reduce healthcare costs. But as a result, many patients come home "quicker and sicker," and in need of some form of care or help that family or friends may not be able to offer.

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    So I contacted about 5 different NFP's this week and they basically gave me the run around where I am redirected to every different department of their organization. Here are some of the questions I asked based on the kind of NFP I would like to work with and observe/survey.

    Initial Questions for Hospice and Visiting Nurse Services:

    Can I ask a few questions about your services?

    (in order to seem unobtrusive I began with this statement) I am studying the benefits of Home Care for Patients and I would like to ask you a few questions.

    I would like to interview at home nurses to find out what could make their jobs easier.

    How do they carry their equipment?

    How do they dispose of used equipment?

    Can I come into interview a few of your nurses?


    How familiar are you with disposal of sharps and medication in the home?

    Are you aware of any take back programs?

    From what I have gathered there is no standard between counties and states that require self medicating patients to dispose of their equipment properly, is that true?

    Whose guidelines do you think visiting nurses and hospice organizations follow when it comes to medical waste disposal.?

    Are you aware of what happens to the used products once they are used? Do the care-takers bring them back to hospitals?


    What do you think makes your job the most difficult?

    Do you ever wonder what happens to syringes and unused medication once you are done treating your patients?

    What are you trained to ...

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design