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A health-care agency has different receptacles for the various categories of institutional waste. Into which container should a nurse dispose of a suction canister used to collect drainage from a client’s nasogastric tube?

Injurious wastes would include items such as needles, scalpel blades, lancets, or other objects that could injure another person.

Hazardous waste includes radioactive material, chemotherapy agents, or caustic chemicals.

Blood and body fluids are considered infectious waste. Therefore, the suction canister should be placed in the infectious waste receptacle.

Regular waste that does not pose a health hazard to others can be placed in a regular wastebasket.