Medical Waste Management – An Innovative approach

Swathi, K S (2013) Medical Waste Management – An Innovative approach. In: National conference on Emerging sectors: growth drivers for Indian economy.

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Waste generation has been increasing in advanced and developing countries due to the increase in development activities and consumption pattern of population. In developing countries like India large scale degradation of ecosystem takes place due to inefficient technologies, inefficient policies and insensitivity on the part general public. Healthcare institutions generate waste (both hazardous and non-hazardous waste) which is increasing day by day due to the increase in the demand for healthcare services. There are about 6 lakhs hospital beds, over 23,000 primary health centers, more than 15,000 small and private hospitals function in our country. The management of hospital waste requires responsible and proper planning of collecting, transporting, processing and disposing of hazardous and non-hazardous medical wastes. The methods used for segregation and disposal of hospital waste from the health care establishments must be of hygienic and in all the stages it must minimize the risk for waste handlers, health care workers ,patients, local community and to the environment. Medical wastes especially hazardous waste need to be disposed scientifically with proper regeneration process to minimize the risk of health hazards. Increased public concerns over the improper disposal of health care waste have led to a movement to regulate the waste more systematically and stringently by the Indian government through the Biomedical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 1998 which make it mandatory for hospitals, clinics, and other medical and veterinary institutes to dispose of bio medical wastes strictly according to the rules. The objective of the paper is to give a view of an innovative hospital waste management practice adopted in Kasturba Hospital Manipal and to focus on the hazards of indiscriminate disposal of hospital waste on different stakeholders and on environment

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Management > MIM Manipal
Depositing User: MIM User
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2014 07:46
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2014 07:46

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