Investigation of hospital solid waste management in Iran
by Jalil Jaafari; Mohammad Hadi Dehghani; Mohammad Hoseini; Gholam Hossein Safari
World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development (WRSTSD), Vol. 12, No. 2, 2015

Abstract: In Iran, little information is available regarding generation, composition, handling and disposal of hospital waste. The aim of this study was to investigate of the hospital waste management in 44 public hospitals and 15 specialised hospitals in 13 provinces of Iran. This study was an observational-cross-sectional interview and data collected method field. The results showed that a per capita rate of hospital wastes in Iran is 3.16 kg per bed per day in public hospitals and 3.7 kg per bed per day in specialised hospitals. The solid waste from the public hospitals consists of general waste 56%, medical 42%, sharp 2% and in specialised hospitals general waste 63%, medical 36%, sharp 1%. The paper shows that for the most part of hospitals under study, some of the general waste was mixed with infectious waste, which was collected, transported and disposed of in a similar manner as infectious waste.

Online publication date: Wed, 23-Dec-2015

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