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Abstract

Proper Hospital Waste Management for the Protection of Human Health and Environment: A Review

The present review paper sensitizes the reader about improper waste management and their adverse impacts on human health and environment. Furthermore, it highlights the proper hospital waste management [HWM] practices/methods step-by-step in order to protect the life from future threats/harms.

Hospitals are the places where the sick and injured people are treated but at the same time it is also a source of both hazardous [Infectious waste, pathological waste, chemical waste] and non-hazardous wastes [Cardboards, paper, Packaging materials]. In this paper HWM is discussed in detail along with all the steps that are necessary for the proper HWM.

Hospital waste management methods and processes may be differ from hospital to hospital and country to country. Waste generated from hospitals can be hazardous, toxic and even lethal because of their high potential for diseases transmission. Mismanagement of these wastes can result in environmental and human health related risks.

Proper collection, segregation and separation of the Hospital waste at a source is very essential step towards mitigating environmental and health risks and minimizing the overall cost of the HWM in order to take the world towards sustainable management of such harmful wastes.


Author(s):

Sadia Hassan Sherani*



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