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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 391-392
 

Awareness and practices regarding biomedical waste management among health-care workers in a tertiary care hospital in Delhi: Comment


1 Department of Pediatrics, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Pediatrics, ESI PGIMSR and MGM Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission02-Nov-2015
Date of Acceptance29-Jan-2016
Date of Web Publication12-Aug-2016

Correspondence Address:
J J David
Department of Pediatrics, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.188371

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David J J, Shanbag P. Awareness and practices regarding biomedical waste management among health-care workers in a tertiary care hospital in Delhi: Comment. Indian J Med Microbiol 2016;34:391-2

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David J J, Shanbag P. Awareness and practices regarding biomedical waste management among health-care workers in a tertiary care hospital in Delhi: Comment. Indian J Med Microbiol [serial online] 2016 [cited 2017 Sep 22];34:391-2. Available from: http://www.ijmm.org/text.asp?2016/34/3/391/188371


Dear Editor,

We read with interest the article "Awareness and Practices Regarding Biomedical Waste Management Among Health-Care Workers in a Tertiary Care Hospital in Delhi" by Bhagawati et al. in the current issue of the Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology. [1] We are surprised that they have failed to quote what is probably the largest and most comprehensive study on the subject "Biomedical Waste Management: Situational Analysis and Predictors of Performances in 25 Districts Across Twenty Indian States" published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research. [2]

The authors have also not included labour staff in their survey. Although labour staff are not generally responsible for the generation of biomedical waste, they are responsible for its transport and are at high risk for contraction of disease due to poor practices. Hence, the creation of awareness amongst them is also important.

We agree that there is an urgent need for raising awareness regarding biomedical waste management among hospital staff. Educational modules regarding safe injection practices and biomedical waste disposal suitable for labour, paramedical, nursing and medical staff are available with the INCLEN office at Delhi and could be used with permission for training of various categories of personnel.

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Bhagawati G, Nandwani S, Singhal S. Awareness and practices regarding bio-medical waste management among health care workers in a tertiary care hospital in Delhi. Indian J Med Microbiol 2015;33:580-2.  Back to cited text no. 1
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INCLEN Program Evaluation Network (IPEN) Study Group, New Delhi, India. Bio-medical waste management: Situational analysis and predictors of performances in 25 districts across 20 Indian States. Indian J Med Res 2014;139:141-53.  Back to cited text no. 2
    




 

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