Waste Management as a Healthcare Management Problem

Waste Management as a Healthcare Management Problem The largest part of wastes generated in healthcare establishments are mostly treated as normal municipal solid wastes, but HCW also comprises of a varying proportion of wastes that require special attention. The wastes comprise of sharp objects (e.g. needles, razors, and scalpels), pathological waste, other potentially infectious waste, pharmaceutical waste, biological waste, hazardous chemical waste, wastes from isolation wards and microbiological laboratories. These wastes are collectively referred to as “special healthcare waste”. Additional wastes streams generated by HCW include packaging equipments, reusable medical equipment, and secondary waste created through disposal technologies (Chitnis & Patil, 2000). Improper management of healthcare waste is a hazard to people and the environment. It affects healthcare workers, patients, waste handlers, waste pickers, and the general public is exposed to health risks from contagious waste particularly the sharp objects, chemicals, and other special HCW

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