Safe transportation of biomedical waste in a health care institution

A. Kumar, S. Duggal, R. Gur, S. Rongpharpi, S. Sagar, M. Rani, D. Dhayal, C. Khanijo

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Abstract

Introduction: The chances of health care waste (Biomedical waste) coming in contact with the health care workers, patients, visitors, sanitary workers, waste handlers, public, rag pickers and animals during transportation are high. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted over a period of seven months (April 2013-October 2013) in a 500-bedded hospital where the average quantum of biomedical waste is 0.8 kg/bed/day. The issues related to transportation of health care waste from 39 generation sites to the health care waste storage site inside the hospital (intramural transfer) were addressed and analysed in a predesigned proforma. Results: The biomedical waste management team inspected the generation sites in the hospital on a daily basis and conformance to the procedures was checked. It was found that waste was collected at scheduled timings in 99.6% occasions; however, compliance to wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) was poor and ranged from 1.22-1.84%. Conclusion: Transportation of health care waste is a crucial step in its management. Regular training program for all the sections of health care workers with special emphasis on waste handlers is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-386
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Medical Microbiology
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Microbiology (medical)

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Kumar, A., Duggal, S., Gur, R., Rongpharpi, S., Sagar, S., Rani, M., ... Khanijo, C. (2015). Safe transportation of biomedical waste in a health care institution. Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology, 33(3), 383-386. https://doi.org/10.4103/0255-0857.158559