Disposal of Leeches

DISPOSAL OF LEECHES AFTER USE

Keep fed leeches in a separate container and properly discard as infectious material. Once used, leeches must never be reused on the same patient nor on another patient.

1. After detachment or removal from patient, leeches should be treated as a contaminated biohazard material. Each leech should be killed by immersion in 70% alcohol solution for 5-10 minutes and disposed with other biohazard materials.

2. Return unused leeches to the pharmacy to be put back in the container for storage.