Biomedical Waste Management

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F.Y. B.M.S.


|SR. NO. |TOPIC |pg. no. |
|1 |An Overview of Biomedical Waste Management |3 |
|2 |Biodegradable & Non-degradable Wastes |6 |
|3 |Hazards associated with Poor Health Care Waste Management |7 |
|4 |Persons at risk of the hazards of medical procedures
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In a study carried out in the family wing of a large hospital, he composition of wastes was bandages, gauze and cottonwood waste 34.1%, coal ash 31.6%, foliage 13.5 5, food waste 11.5 %, trash5.1 %, biological waste 2.3% and glass, bottles, etc. 1.8 %.

A 1988 study of AIIMS revealed that 67.5% waste originated from wards, 13.4 % from OPD and 19.1 % from the service area.

Waste management is generally not given the importance it deserves, because the intrinsic value of the waste materials as an object of further utility has not been recognized. The net result is that a hospital tries to cut the expenditure involved in waste disposal by meager allotment of resources. A clean hospital and good housekeeping have a direct effect on the health, comfort and morale of patients, visitors and hospital personnel alike. Cleanliness radiates a cheer and a well-kept hospital would give the public a feeling of confidence.


Biomedical Wastes

Biomedical wastes are defined as waste that is generated during the diagnosis, treatment or immunization of human beings or animals, or in research activities pertaining thereto, or in the production of biological.
Biodegradable and Non Biodegradable Wastes
Biodegradable waste means any waste that is capable of undergoing anaerobic or aerobic decomposition, such as food and garden waste, and paper and paperboard. It also includes waste from households, which
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