IP International Journal of Medical Microbiology and Tropical Diseases


Assessment of level of knowledge regarding biomedical waste management among healthcare workers in tertiary care hospital in Western India


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Article Type : Research Article

Author Details: Purav G Patel,Payal Raval*

Volume : 5

Issue : 2

Online ISSN : 2581-4761

Print ISSN : 2581-4753

Article First Page : 103

Article End Page : 106


Abstract

Background: Biomedical waste management is integral part of medical microbiology and infection control program in any healthcare institute. Proper management of the waste generated in the healthcare facilities needed to carried out in accordance with the BMWM Rules, 2016. Any loophole in this management can lead to hazardous consequences.
Material and Method: more than 100 health care workers participated in this study. A pre formed questionnaire was used to assess the knowledge of all study participants. Also major demographic and occupational variables were recorded and analyzed in this study.
Result: most of the participants were having average and good knowledge of BMW. Mean score recorded for this study was 17.82 out of 30 with standard deviation of 5.61. Also majority of participants including housekeeping staff knows about colour coding in BMW management.
Conclusion: In conclusion, BMW training should be integral part of continuous medical education in each health care facility.

Keywords: Biomedical waste management (BMW), Knowledge, Healthcare workers, Hospital.

Doi :-https://doi.org/10.18231/j.ijmmtd.2019.022