CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Journal of Health and Allied Sciences NU 2014; 04(04): 073-075
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1703836
Original Article


Rashmi Kundapur
1  Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, K.S. Hegde Medical Academy, Nitte University, Mangalore - 575 018, India
Tanmay Bhat
2  Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Department of Medicine, K.S. Hegde Medical Academy, Nitte University, Mangalore - 575 018, India
Sanjeev Badiger
3  Professor, Professor Department of Community Medicine, K.S. Hegde Medical Academy, Nitte University, Mangalore - 575 018, India
Rajesh Ballal
4  Professor, Department of Surgery, K.S. Hegde Medical Academy, K.S. Hegde Medical Academy, Nitte University, Mangalore - 575 018, India
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Introduction:In country like India, where there is big and complex health care system, mixed economy, private and Government hospitals working together; while providing services generate waste. It is estimated that the quantity of waste generated from hospitals in our country ranges between 0.5 and 2.0 kg/bed/day and annually about 0.33 million tons of waste are generated in India

Aim and objectives:To study the awareness of nursing staff about the biomedical waste segregation in a tertiary care center

Material and methods:A cross-sectional study was conducted among the nurses of Justice K.S.Hegde Hospital, Derlakatte. Total of 123 nurses who were present at the time were the study subjects. The pre-tested semi-structured questionnaire which was validated by face validation method was distributed.

Results:The total of 96.66% of nurses knew the segregation of biomedical waste was the need of the hour. 90% of them felt they have adequate knowledge about segregation. 96% knew the color coding of sharps and human anatomical waste. But 99% knew the colour coding of blood, blood products and microbiological waste. 67% knew the colour coding of pharmacological waste and double glove disposal. Only 89.3% were confident that they followed the correct methods of segregation.

Publication History

Publication Date:
26 April 2020 (online)

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