International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 6, Issue 12, Part F (2020)
A descriptive study to assess the knowledge regarding bio medical waste management among sweepers in Saveetha Medical College and Hospital
Dr. Kala Barathi S and Pavithra S
Biomedical waste are generate during treatment, surgical intervention, immunization, dressing of wounds, pathological investigation and Radiological investigations. The training for handling of hospital waste is generally restricted within the waste handlers (sweeper) this is the main obstruction to establish a good integrated hospital waste management plan. It becomes the primary responsibility of health administrators and infection control team to manage hospital waste in most safe and Eco - friendly manner. The exposure to infectious and hazardous hospital waste can cause serious health problems to those who handle it, particularly to waste collectors or rag pickers and the environment. World Health Organization (WHO) predicted that India is on the verge of having an HIV epidemic. Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV combined together is taking a great toll on the human health and life. The present study to assess the knowledge regarding biomedical waste management among sweepers in Saveetha Medical College and Hospital. A quantitative descriptive research design was conducted among 30 sweepers. Convenient sampling technique was used to select samples. Semi-structured questionnaire was used to collect demographic data and knowledge among sweepers. The study results show among 78 sweepers 38(48.71%) have moderately adequate knowledge, only 5(6.41%) have inadequate knowledge and 35(44.87%) have adequate knowledge. This indicates the necessities for educational program on the use of PPE among sweepers to prevent infections.
How to cite this article:
Dr. Kala Barathi S, Pavithra S. A descriptive study to assess the knowledge regarding bio medical waste management among sweepers in Saveetha Medical College and Hospital. Int J Appl Res 2020;6(12):357-358.