Impacto en la salud pública por el manejo inadecuado de los desechos peligrosos

Translated title of the contribution: Impact on public health due to improper handling of hazardous waste

Roberto Carlos Dávila Morán, Eucaris del Carmen Agüero Corzo, Domingo Zapana Diaz, Justiniano Felix Palomino Quispe, Leonardo Velarde Dávila, Fernando Vásquez Perdomo, José Leonor Ruiz Nizama

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Healthcare waste management requires special attention and every healthcare teams should be involved in handling of wastes. However, less attention is paid to health care waste management in developing countries and there is no evidence on health care waste management practices in some institutions providing health services. This study was conducted to assess healthcare waste management practices and associated factors in three hospitals in Peru. It is a descriptive, quantitative and cross-sectional study based on three health establishments. Data were collected using questionnaire and observational checklists. The (66.67%) of the workers knew about the management of biological waste. The majority knew the risks associated with handling them (95.91%). Participants were aware that infections can be prevented. Nine out of ten of the workers completed at least two trainings in the management of biological waste. 95.91% knew the correct container color codes for different waste streams. Regarding attitudes, 161 (94.15%) indicated that the management of biological waste was important and 162 (94.74%) agreed that strict implementation was necessary for proper management of biological waste in the environment health facility. Key elements to improve healthcare waste management practices in hospitals: promote practices that reduce the volume of waste generated and ensure proper waste segregation.

Translated title of the contributionImpact on public health due to improper handling of hazardous waste
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)63-71
Number of pages9
JournalBoletin de Malariologia y Salud Ambiental
Issue number1
StateIndexed - 2022
Externally publishedYes

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