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Assessment of Knowledge on Biomedical Waste Management among Critical Care Health Workers in SMVMCH, Puducherry

Mr. Finny Moses E, Dr. Danasu R

Keywords : Bio-Medical Waste Management, Infection Control, Hospital Waste Management

Citation Information : E MF, R DD. Assessment of Knowledge on Biomedical Waste Management among Critical Care Health Workers in SMVMCH, Puducherry. 2018; 11 (2):23-26.

DOI: 10.5005/pjn-11-2-23

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-06-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).


Introduction: Nosocomial or Hospital-Associated Infections (HAI) is estimated to affect approximately 5% of hospitalized patients.2 Objectives: 1.To assess the knowledge among the critical care nurse regarding Bio-Medical Waste Management. 2.To determine the association between the knowledge of Bio-Medical Waste Management with their selected demographic variables. Methodology: Quantitative research approach with Descriptive research design was adopted to assess the knowledge regarding Bio-Medical Waste Management among critical care nurses. 100 Critical Care nurses were selected by simple random sampling techniqueat various private hospitals in Puducherry especially in areas of critical care unit. Result and conclusion: The knowledge regarding Biomedical Waste Management was satisfactory among Critical Care Nurses. Though working in critical care units, 19 (38%) of the Critical Care Nurses lack adequate knowledge and 1(2%) have poor knowledge regarding bio- medical waste management, which should be seriously considered in prevention of unwanted spreading of disease and resuming the eco- friendly environment. As these Critical Care Nurses are regularly engaged in the patient care in critical care units, they have the maximum opportunity in handling Biomedical Waste, therefore there is an urgent need for orientation training regarding the issue, to the staff nurses working in critical care units and entire health care personnel especially Para and non-medical workers to protect themselves including people visiting to hospital and nearby community.

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