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Original Research Article

Year: 2017 | Month: June | Volume: 7 | Issue: 6 | Pages: 1-5

Evaluation of Biomedical Waste Management at Primary and Secondary Level of Healthcare Facility

Dr. Tsusennaro Imchen1, Reema Kumari2, Jai Vir Singh3, Kirti Srivastava4, Dr. Anshita Singh5

1Junior Resident, 2Professor, 3Professor, Ex-HOD, 5Research Assistant,
Department of Community Medicine and Public Health, KGMU, Lucknow, UP, India.
4Professor, Department of Radiotherapy, KGMU, Lucknow, UP, India.

Corresponding Author: Tsusennaro Imchen


Background and Objective: Improper handling of biomedical waste possesses significant risk of infection due to pathogens like HIV, hepatitis B and C virus. Inorder to improve biomedical waste management, it is important to understand and evaluate the current practices in biomedical waste management, to identify the gaps and to address them. The present study had been taken up to assess the biomedical waste management.
Methods: The study employed multi-stage random sampling. Thus two CHCs and four PHCs were selected for the study. The study participants included the doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians and class IV workers. The study included details of various biosocial profiles, an observational checklist and other details regarding practice of biomedical waste management.
Results: The study included 18 doctors, 7 staff nurses, 3 laboratory technicians and 9 class IV workers. Only 19% of the participants had received training on BMW management and poor biomedical waste management was observed at the primary and community health centres.
Interpretation and Conclusion: Biomedical waste management practices were poor. Emphasis should be made on creating awareness among the healthcare personnel about biomedical waste management. Training and retraining on biomedical waste should be planed and implemented.

Key words: Biomedical waste, BMW training, coloured bins, waste segregation

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