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Biomedical Waste Management—Our Experience at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital Complex, Amritsar, Punjab, India

Gaurav Agnihotri, Surinder Paul

Keywords : BMW management, Health care professionals, Indicators.

Citation Information : Agnihotri G, Paul S. Biomedical Waste Management—Our Experience at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital Complex, Amritsar, Punjab, India. Curr Trends Diagn Treat 2018; 2 (1):66-69.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10055-0041

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-06-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; The Author(s).


Introduction: Biomedical waste (BMW) collection and proper disposal have become a significant concern for both the medical and the general community. Effective management of BMW is not only a legal necessity but also a social responsibility. The present research aims to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice regarding BMW in our institution. Materials and methods: This study was an observational descriptive hospital-based cross-sectional study, among health care workers in different categories. The study was conducted over a period of two months in a tertiary care hospital and medical college. A structured questionnaire was formulated and validated for the study and responses were solicited from the participating study groups. The study group included the healthcare workers who were grouped into four strata/ subgroups as doctors (residents), nursing staff, laboratory technicians and class IV employees. Results: While the knowledge regarding general biomedical waste practices was acceptable it was surprising to note that a huge majority lacked awareness regarding disposal of expired drugs. The attitude of workforce and practice of biomedical waste management in our institution has the authors feel has improved with time. Total 70% would like to receive training. However, the majority feels that their responsibility towards BMW management is an extra burden. Only 40% are immunized against Hepatitis B and this figure needs a huge improvement. Conclusion: The study provides insight regarding the ‘functionality’ of biomedical waste management in our institution and provides useful indicators which will make BMW management more effective and efficient. It will also provide effective and efficient adherence to rules advocated by the pollution control board.

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