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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(12): 2779-2785
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2018.712.315


Awareness and Practises on Biomedical Waste Management among the Health Care Workers in a Tertiary Care Hospital in Kanyakumari District
V.R. Vidhya* and Jossy John
Department of Microbiology, Sree Mookambika Institute of Medical Sciences,Kulashekaram-629161, Tamilnadu, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

Biomedical waste (BMW) is generated in every health facility, which if not disposed off properly poses a risk for health and environment. Handling, segregation, mutilation, disinfection, storage, transportation and final disposal are vital steps for safe and scientific management of biomedical waste in any establishment. The objective was to assess the biomedical waste management (BMWM) practices and knowledge regarding BMWM in a tertiary care hospital. A hospital based cross-sectional study was done from 20 September to 20 October 2018 in Sree Mookambika Institute of Medical Sciences, Kulasekaram, Kanya Kumari district, Tami Nadu. A total of hundred questionnaires containing 20 questions based on knowledge and practises on biomedical waste management were given to doctors, nurses and technicians. Out of 100 questionnaires given 82 were returned back. The results showed that there was a good level of knowledge and awareness of biomedical waste definition, vital steps in the management of biomedical waste and generation hazards among health care personal. It can be concluded from the present study that there is quite a good levels of knowledge and awareness about BM waste generation hazards, legislation and management among health care personnel in Sree Mookambika Institute of Medical Science, Kuasekharam Kanyakumari district. However regular monitoring and training are required at all levels to improve the knowledge and practises regarding biomedical waste.


Keywords: Bio medical waste, Segregation, Questionnaires, Hazards
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Vidhya, V.R. and Jossy John. 2018. Awareness and Practises on Biomedical Waste Management among the Health Care Workers in a Tertiary Care Hospital in Kanyakumari District.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(12): 2779-2785. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2018.712.315