Title: Medical waste management practices in southern Jordan

Authors: Luay Amin Fraiwan; Khaldon Lweesy; Rami Oweis; Husam Al Qablan; Mamdouh Hasanat

Addresses: Biomedical Engineering Department, Jordan University of Science and Technology, PO Box 3030, Irbid 22110, Jordan ' Biomedical Engineering Department, Jordan University of Science and Technology, PO Box 3030, Irbid 22110, Jordan ' Biomedical Engineering Department, Jordan University of Science and Technology, PO Box 3030, Irbid 22110, Jordan ' Civil Engineering Department, The Hashemite University, Zarqa 13115, Jordan ' Biomedical Engineering Department, Jordan University of Science and Technology, PO Box 3030, Irbid 22110, Jordan

Abstract: The purpose of this work was to study medical waste practices in southern Jordan. Five major hospitals in that area were used to conduct this study. It involved distributing a modified version of the questionnaire that was adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO). The surveyed hospitals had total number of beds ranging from 72 to 131 beds, while the average amount of medical waste generated in these hospitals was 0.73 kg bed-1 day-1. The practices of medical waste management were found to be suffering from major defects owing to the lack of both training and proper education.

Keywords: medical waste; waste management; segregation; training; incinerators; Jordan; hosptials.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2013.053098

International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, 2013 Vol.11 No.3, pp.255 - 266

Received: 02 Jun 2009
Accepted: 23 Sep 2009

Published online: 05 Apr 2013 *

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