Quality analysis and management of health-care Waste-Products

AUTHORS

Ali Koolivand 1 , Amir Hossein Mahvi 2 , Kourosh Azizi 3 , Mohammad Binavapour 4 , Vali Alipour 2 , *

1 PhD Student of Enviromental Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor Department of Environmental Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

3 Assistant Professor Department of Entomology, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

4 Instructor Department of Environmental Health, Gazvin University of Medical Sciences, Gazvin, Iran.

How to Cite: Koolivand A, Mahvi A H, Azizi K, Binavapour M, Alipour V. Quality analysis and management of health-care Waste-Products, Hormozgan Med J. 2010 ; 14(1):e88539.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Hormozgan Medical Journal: 14 (1); e88539
Published Online: December 15, 2009
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 29, 2009
Accepted: December 15, 2009

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Abstract

Introduction: One of the most important environmental issues is solid waste produced in
health-care centers with hazardous agents. The aim of this survey is quality analysis and
management of Health-care waste in Bandar Abbas, Iran.
Methods: In this cross sectional study, 29 medical offices, 29 dentistry offices, 19 clinics
and 8 health centers were selected. Overall 340 samples (four from each location) were
analyzed. Sampling was achieved in summer and winter. Samples were manually sorted
into different four categories and measured using laboratory scale.
Results: Total annual waste produced in Bandar Abbas health-care centers was 46689.91
Kg. Clinics produce higher rate of medical wastes and health stations produce lower rate.
Higher and lower rates in amount were potentially infectious domestic type wastes, and
sharp wastes, respectively.
Conclusion: Respect to higher rate of potentially infectious domestic type wastes,
we suggest waste collection management and separation of wastes in the centers.

Keywords

Waste Management – Medical Waste – Hazardous Waste – Iran

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