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KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICES OF HEALTHCARE WASTE MANAGEMENT AMONG NURSES IN PRIVATE HOSPITALS IN CHENNAI. Ashwini Margabandu, Sudharsanam Manni Balasubramaniam

KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICES OF HEALTHCARE WASTE MANAGEMENT AMONG NURSES IN PRIVATE HOSPITALS IN CHENNAI.

Ashwini Margabandu, Sudharsanam Manni Balasubramaniam

International Journal of Applied Microbiology Science 2013; 2(1):13-18

Abstract

The safe and effective disposal of the bio- medical wastes begins with the healthcare professionals. Among them nurses handle healthcare wastes at a major level, and only limited studies have been noted regarding their knowledge and practices of waste management. Understanding this aspect can help in planning and recommending trainings or refresher trainings for them. Methods: The study adopted a descriptive study design. Pre- tested and standardized interview schedule was administered to 100 nurses working in multi- specialty, private hospitals in Chennai selected by convenient sampling. Results: The study showed that the practices of healthcare waste management by majority of the nurses were done according to the Government legislation. with respect to segregation, storage and disposal of the healthcare wastes in color coded bags. Majority of the nurses have undergone training, but still a considerable percentage of nurses (22%) have not attended any form of training for healthcare waste management. A sizable proportion of nurses had knowledge about the frequency of final disposal of wastes (94%) and also about the fact that all staff should be responsible for the waste management (59%). Conclusion: From the study, the nurses were found to have fairly satisfactory practices and knowledge about healthcare waste management, though, the degree of understanding and practices was not uniform among them.

Keywords: Bio- medical/ healthcare wastes management, knowledge, nurses, practice.
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