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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 39-43

Evaluation of hospital waste management among tertiary-care hospitals, Menoufia Governorate, Egypt

1 Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Menoufia, Egypt
2 Department of Air Pollution, National Research Center, Cairo, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Shaimaa Y. Abd El Raouf
Shebien El.Kom, Menoufia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/mmj.mmj_274_19

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Objective To assess the current status of hospital waste management (HWM) and assess environmental lead and cadmium levels at tertiary-care hospitals in Menoufia Governorate. Background HWM has become a critical issue as it poses risks to health and the environment. Materials and methods This is a cross-sectional study that included tertiary-care hospitals in Menoufia Governorate (Menoufia University, National Liver Institute, and Shebin El-Kom Teaching Hospitals) to evaluate HWM through an observational checklist. Air samples had been taken from the studied hospitals for environmental measurements of lead and cadmium levels. Results The administrative tools for HWM were sufficient in the studied hospitals. Waste sorting items were somewhat sufficient, but characteristics of bags and practices during collection and transport of health-care waste were sufficient in the studied hospitals. Waste storage items and special records for hospital waste were somewhat sufficient. Lead and cadmium environmental measurements were within the recommended exposure limit reported by NIOSH. Conclusion HWM was still in its early stage in Menoufia Governorate Hospitals. So, more supervision and implementation of strict rules for HWM were recommended.

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