Biomedical Waste Management Practices of Doctors: An Online Snapshot

Authors

  • Mohapatra Archisman Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, UP, India
  • Manoj K Gupta Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, UP, India
  • Siddharudha Shivalli Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, UP, India
  • CP Mishra Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, UP, India
  • SC Mohapatra Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, UP, India

Keywords:

Biomedical waste, doctor, professional behavior, respondent-driven technique

Abstract

Objective: This study was undertaken with the objective to assess the professional behavior of doctors in India regarding Bio-Medical Waste (BMW) management.

Methods: A predesigned questionnaire containing a set of nine open-ended questions was sent to 557 email contacts obtained randomly from social networking sites by using respondent-driven sampling technique. Non-duplicated opinions from only those respondents who had completed their medical education in India and working in the country were included for analyses.

Results: Remnant knowledge of BMW management as self-adjudged was significantly (p<0.001) poor among post-graduates (35.5%) than medical graduates (75%). It was evident that proper practice of BMW segregation at the work place had a significant association (p<0.001) with higher knowledge of the same. Almost one third respondents did not know about the bio-hazardous waste symbol.

Discussion and Conclusions: This study underscores the need for effective BMW management training of medicos with regular refresher sessions.

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2012-06-30

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Archisman M, Gupta MK, Shivalli S, Mishra C, Mohapatra S. Biomedical Waste Management Practices of Doctors: An Online Snapshot. Natl J Community Med [Internet]. 2012 Jun. 30 [cited 2024 Jul. 21];3(02):227-31. Available from: https://njcmindia.com/index.php/file/article/view/1684

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