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Iran South Med J 2008, 10(2): 190-198 Back to browse issues page
The management of hospital waste products in hospitals of Bushehr Province
Kamran Mirzaie 1, Soraya Zahmatkesh
1- , mirzaii@bpums.ac.ir
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Background: Hospital waste contains a large quantity of dangerous pathogenic agents, which are hazardous to the health of man, animal, plant and the environment. In Iran, like many other developing countries, not enough attention is paid to this matter and available information regarding the generation and disposal of medical wastes are low. The existing information about production and disposal of wastes in our hospitals is little and incomplete. In this study, a survey on hospital waste management system in Bushehr province hospitals was conducted. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 8 hospitals in Bushehr province were investigated during a period of 6 months using a questionnaire, interviews and direct observations. The questionnaire had 93 questions (open and closed) about general information on the hospitals and about various systems of managing hospital waste according to the World Health Organization suggested survey questionnaire for hospital waste management in developing countries. Results: In hospitals of bushehr province, waste generation rate was 2615 kg/day, including domestic waste (51.7%), infectious waste (20.8%), sharps (15.2%) and chemical and drugs wastes (12.3%). In almost all hospitals, segregation of infectious waste from domestic waste at the place of origin and putting them in special containers had been done but this segregation wasn’t complete and sometimes some hazardous waste were disposed of in domestic waste containers. All hospitals used a color coding system for waste containers, 75 % of hospitals had incinerators. In others, waste was carried out by municipal service daily. In all hospitals, all workers were trained about hospital waste management. In none of the surveyed hospitals, there was an obvious policy and plan for purchasing equipment and necessary facilities in order to dispose hospital waste correctly and also no clear budget was allocated for hospital waste management. In none of these hospitals regular reports on hospital waste management were prepared. Conclusion: Hospital waste in Bushehr province hospitals are depositing in a nonstandard fashion and against the relevant recommendations. Compiling necessary rules and establishing the proper standards should be considered as an urgent policy in Bushehr province health service.

Keywords: waste, hospital, environment, education
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Type of Study: Original | Subject: General
Received: 2007/10/4 | Accepted: 2008/03/13 | Published: 2008/10/13
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Mirzaie K, Zahmatkesh S. The management of hospital waste products in hospitals of Bushehr Province. Iran South Med J. 2008; 10 (2) :190-198
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