Volume 23, Issue 105 (10-2013)                   J Mazandaran Univ Med Sci 2013, 23(105): 111-115 | Back to browse issues page

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Taheri M, Hamidiyan A H, Khazaei M. A study on waste management in hospitals affiliated to Tabriz University of Medical Sciences during 2010-2011. J Mazandaran Univ Med Sci. 2013; 23 (105) :111-115
URL: http://jmums.mazums.ac.ir/article-1-2766-en.html
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Background and purpose: Proper and efficient management of hospital wastes because of its infection potential and possession of dangerous wastes is inevitable and this goal can be achieved only when we have a good understanding of the quality and quantity of hospital wastes and enough available information about separation, collection, treatment and disposal of hospital wastes. The aim of this study was to determine the health status and the quality and quantity characteristics of Tabriz hospitals that could help policy makers in the health sector to improve the quality of comprehensive planning and health services. Material & methods: This is a cross-sectional study and was conducted by completing the questionnaire, interviewing hospital health experts and visiting 10 hospitals out of the 11 hospitals of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences. Results: Total occupied beds in ten investigated hospitals were 2383 beds, which produced 8779 kg/d of solid wastes and capita waste generation was calculated 3/79 kg/d. Also, the average production rate of general wastes, infectious and chemical wastes, sharp wastes and pathological wastes were calculated respectively, 2.75, 0.875, 0.128 and 0.043 kg/d per bed. Conclusion: Unfortunately, the average capita waste generation per bed in Tabriz has a high rate of production in comparison to other cities of Iran. This research is a warning to the concerned authorities to remove this problem immediately by doing the best practices, taking the most appropriate decisions and the costs that are not too high.
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