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WASTE to become WEALTH, REFUSE to become RESOURCE, TRASH to become CASH.

Medical care is vital for our life and health, but the waste generated from medical activities represents a real problem for living nature and human world. Improper management of waste generated in health care facilities causes a direct health impact on the community, the health care workers and on the environment. Every day, relatively large amount of potentially infectious and hazardous waste is generated in health care hospitals and facilities around the world.

This issue of Site News introduces the readers to Health Care waste management and provides information related to, Definition of healthcare waste and its categories, problems relating to biomedical waste and procedure of handling, disposal method of biomedical waste, challenges, prevention, policy and guidelines.



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The Issue Features...
Waste Management in Health Care
Vol.12 No.6 November & December 2015
•  Introduction
•  Definition & Classification
•  Types of Wastes
•  Waste Management
•  Challenges to Waste Management
•  Prevention
•  Policy
•  Guidelines
•  Resources

•   Past Issues


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  • DEFINITION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF HEALTH-CARE WASTE

  • Health-care waste includes all the waste generated by health-care establishments, research facilities, and laboratories. In addition, it includes waste originating from "minor" or "scattered" sources-such as that produced in the course of health care undertaken in the home (dialysis, insulin injections, etc.).



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  • PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE COMPLIANCE FOR HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

  • The information provided in this presentation is based on the referenced Code of Federal Regulations and State regulations. This data is presented only as a reference. For complete requirements or legal counsel on hazardous waste regulations and interpretations, generators should consult their legal department, the applicable Code of Federal Regulations and applicable State regulatory agencies.

  • MANAGING PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE: A 10-STEP BLUEPRINT FOR HEALTHCARE FACILITIES IN THE UNITED STATES

  • The discovery of a variety of pharmaceuticals in surface, ground, and drinking waters around the country is raising concerns about the potentially adverse environmental consequences of these contaminants. This article introduces you to a 10-step approach recommended by Healthcare Environmental Resource Center (HERC) and Practice Greenhealth (formerly Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E)) to help you develop and implement a comprehensive pharmaceutical hazardous waste management program.

  • HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT AT HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

  • Health care waste is a source of generation of hazardous biomedical waste. According to WHO Fact Sheet, of the total waste generated by healthcare activities, about 80% is general waste. The remaining 20% is considered hazardous that may be infectious, toxic or radioactive. It is necessary to design proper policies to avoid the spread of infection through waste and illegal reuse of the waste material. Policies should provide specification for handling waste for generation, segregation, collection, storage, transportation and treatment.

  • BIO-MEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT: SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS & PREDICTORS OF PERFORMANCES IN 25 DISTRICTS ACROSS 20 INDIAN STATES

  • A legislative framework for bio-medical waste management (BMWM) was established in the country more than a decade ago. Though some studies have identified gaps at local levels, no systematic effort was done to collect data from different parts of the country. The objective of this nationwide study was to document existing resources, infrastructure and practices related to BMWM across the study districts.

  • AWARENESS ABOUT BIO-MEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT AMONG HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL OF SOME IMPORTANT MEDICAL CENTERS IN AGRA

  • The proper handling and disposal of Bio-medical waste (BMW) is very imperative. There are well defined set of rules for handling BMW worldwide. Unfortunately, laxity and lack of adequate training and awareness, in execution of these rules leads to staid health and environment apprehension. In this research paper, awareness about bio-medical waste (BMW) management rules among health care personnel of some important health care facilities in Agra is evaluated.

  • NEED OF BIOMEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN HOSPITALS - AN EMERGING ISSUE - A REVIEW

  • The article deals with the basic issues as definition, categories, problems relating to biomedical waste and procedure of handling and disposal method of Biomedical Waste Management. It also intends to create awareness amongst the personnel involved in health care unit.

  • APPRAISAL OF EFFECT OF TRAINING ON BIOMEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT IN HEALTHCARE FACILITY: AN ANALYTICAL STUDY

  • The study was done to find out the impact of training on knowledge level of the hospital staff who is dealing with biomedical waste on day to day basis.

  • MEDICAL WASTE GENERATION AND MANAGEMENT IN DIFFERENT SIZED FACILITIES

  • The term "medical waste" refers to the waste generated within health-care facilities, research centres and laboratories related to medical procedures as well as the one originating from minor and scattered sources, including waste produced in the course of health care procedures undertaken at home.

  • MEDICAL WASTE BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

  • Many types of facilities can generate medical waste: hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, dental practices, blood banks, veterinary hospitals/clinics, medical research facilities, and laboratories. Medical waste may be classified as either non-infectious or infectious.

  • MEDICAL WASTE AND HUMAN RIGHTS

  • The report is divided into two sections: the first reviews the human rights in question at the global level and includes the listing of scientific references and newspaper articles. Scientific articles are cited in the text in the normal way; newspaper articles are not all cited in the text, but are included to give the reader the fullest possible picture. Where possible URLs are provided.

  • POLICY ON MEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH CARE FACILITIES

  • The purpose of this policy is to provide direction and guidance to health care facilities (HCF’s) to manage their medical waste appropriately as per the United Arab Emirate’s (UAE) Federal law, Health Authority Abu Dhabi, and Municipality rules and regulations, and with minimum risk to their health care staff, patients, visitors and medical waste handlers.

  • POOR MEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT (MWM) PRACTICES AND ITS RISKS TO HUMAN HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT: A LITERATURE REVIEW

  • The paper recommends how MWM practices can be improved in medical facilities.

  • ELEVEN RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVING MEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT

  • These basic recommendations are meant simply as guidelines to stimulate better and more specific planning and action programs at the municipal government level and then at the level of individual health care facilities.

  • METRO MANILA SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PROJECT - REPORT NO: 11 MEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT

  • This report deals strictly with solid wastes generated in health care facilities. Every facility involved in the provision of care for the maintenance or improvement of the health and well being of either humans or animals produces some type of residue. The quantity, composition, and characteristics of the waste vary depending upon the type of health care facility. A modern hospital in an industrialized area generally is a complex, multidisciplinary unit that produces a variety of residues.



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  • CHALLENGES TO WASTE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES IN INDIAN HEALTH CARE SECTOR

  • The management of health care waste is of great importance due to its infectious and hazardous nature that can cause undesirable effects on humans and environment. Government regulations and growing public awareness regarding health care waste issues have forced health care units to adopt suitable strategies for managing this waste. In fact, many techniques are available for health care waste reduction and management. However waste management practices in health care sector are not free from challenges. In this study an attempt has been made to identify major health care waste management challenges faced by health care units in India.



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  • HOSPITAL POLLUTION PREVENTION (P-2) STRATEGIES

  • This document was prepared in partial fulfillment of a pollution prevention (P-2) grant received by the Environmental Management Branch (EMB) within the California Department of Health Services from Region IX of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA).

  • AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION: WASTE REDUCTION STRATEGIES FOR HEALTH CARE FACILITIES

  • This book is an attempt to illustrate a basic, but comprehensive, approach to implementing waste reduction and recycling strategies in health care facilities. Although many of the examples and approaches in this book focus on hospitals, other health care facilities face similar issues in managing their waste and also will benefit from the tools and resources presented herein.



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  • CLINICAL AND RELATED WASTE MANAGEMENT POLICY

  • Waste is anything discarded by an individual, household or organisation. As a result waste is a complex mixture of different substances, only some of which are intrinsically hazardous to health. The generation, transport and disposal of wastes may present threats to the environment and public health, but potential impacts depend on the types of waste management options chosen and their implementation.



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